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Boxing Beat: Deontay Wilder Ends Drought, Claims Heavyweight Title For U.S.

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Deontay Wilder earned a piece of the world heavyweight boxing championship over the weekend, taking a decision from Bermane Stiverne in Las Vegas to become the WBC champion.

Wilder was awarded a decision on all three scorecards by scores of 120-107, 119-108 and 118-109. It marked the first time he has gone past the fourth round in 33 fights, improving his record to a perfect 33-0 with 32 finishes.

With the win, Wilder became the first U.S. fighter to own a share of the heavyweight titles since 2006 when Shannon Briggs was a champion. Wilder is a former U.S. Olympic bronze medalist.

Wilder joins Wladimir Klitschko and Ruslan Chagaev as champions in the division. Klitschko holds the WBA (super), IBF and WBO titles, while Chagaev is the WBA (regular) champ.