Crawford vs Khan - Our experts weigh in ahead of Saturday night's blockbuster

By George Davis,Mariah Ramharack& Lance Whittaker April 19, 2019

Our experts give American Bud Crawford the edge heading into Saturday night's blockbuster with Amir Khan.

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    Dominic Breazeale suffered a brutal first-round knockout at the hands of heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on Saturday but felt the referee stopped the fight too early.

    WBC title-holder Wilder sent Breazeale to the canvas with a ferocious right hand to retain his belt after just 137 seconds at Barclays Center, improving to 41-0-1 in the process.

    The mandatory challenger was almost back on his feet by the time referee Harvey Dock completed his 10 count, though he appeared in no condition to continue.

    It was just the second defeat of Breazeale's career, the American having lost to Anthony Joshua in the Briton's first world title defence in June 2016, but he felt he had more to give.

    "I think the ref stopped it a little early because I could hear him saying 'seven' and 'eight', but that's boxing," said Breazeale.

    "He did his job and kept us safe for our next fight. I got on my feet and had my legs under me. It's the heavyweight division so there's going to big shots from guys with power.

    "This was a situation where he landed the big right hand before I did. I thought I was going to come on in the later rounds. I'll be back and go for the heavyweight title again."

    After registering the 40th knockout of his career Wilder said a unification bout with IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua will happen, although rematches against Tyson Fury or Luis Ortiz could also be up next.

  • Wilder asks for patience over Joshua fight Wilder asks for patience over Joshua fight

    Deontay Wilder promised a highly anticipated fight against Anthony Joshua would happen, but he called for fans to remain patient.

    Wilder needed just 137 seconds to knock out Dominic Breazeale and retain his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday, improving his record to 41-0-1.

    The American drew with Tyson Fury in December and there were calls for a rematch with the Brit or bout against WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua.

    Wilder – whose knockout of Breazeale was the 40th of his career – said a fight with Joshua would happen, but he remains unsure when.

    "The great thing about this is all these fights are in discussion, no doors are closed, all teams, all parties that are involved are talking and that's the great thing about it," he told Showtime.

    "We know when the big fights happen everything is going to be silenced. There's too many people involved, too many opinions involved right now.

    "It's going to take my team and his team, maybe me and him as well, to sit down and hammer this and squash everything and get this fight done for the fans."

    Wilder added: "This fight will happen. The big fight will happen, I promise you that, with patience, come time, and I just want you guys to have patience and give us a little time to make this thing happen so we all benefit from it, not only just you fans.

    "We risk our lives in here so we want to make sure we get the best and the most money that's possible.

    "We're risking our lives. The head is not meant to be hit in the first place so let us get our time to iron out all the differences and you guys will know when that happens."

  • Wilder retains title with first-round knockout of Breazeale Wilder retains title with first-round knockout of Breazeale

    Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight title in impressive fashion, knocking Dominic Breazeale out in the first round on Saturday.

    Wilder recorded the 40th knockout of his career just two minutes, 17 seconds into the fight at Barclays Center in New York.

    Wilder (41-0-1) started well and capitalised, landing the decisive blow quickly against his rival and fellow American.

    After a war of words in the build-up, Wilder showed his class in his first fight since drawing with Tyson Fury in December, his performance set to again lead to calls for a rematch with the Brit or fight with fellow heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

    "Everything just came out of me," he told Showtime.

    "I know it's been a big build-up to this fight, there was a lot of animosity, a lot of chaos, a lot of hatred against each other.

    "There were a lot of words that were said and it just came out."

    Wilder made a fast start and he had Breazeale in trouble early after a big left hand, only for the latter to steady – albeit very briefly.

    Just seconds later, the fight was over.

    Wilder landed a left-handed jab before a huge right sent Breazeale to the canvas, ending the fight and marking a ninth successful title defence.

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