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Boxing Beat: Deontay Wilder Retains WBC Heavyweight Title

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Deontay Wilder earned his second WBC heavyweight boxing title defense Saturday night, scoring an 11th round TKO over Johann Duhaupas in the main event from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

Wilder (35-0) picked up his second consecutive finish, as he scored a ninth round TKO vs. Eric Molina earlier this year in Alabama. The former Olympic bronze medalist won the WBC title in January with a decision over Bermane Stiverne.

For the 34-year-old Duhaupas, the loss was his second in the last three. He is now 32-3 overall in his career.

Currently, three fighters hold heavyweight titles in the boxing world, as Wladimir Klitschko is the WBA (super), IBF and WBO champion, having racked up a total of 40 title defenses. The WBA champion is Ruslan Chagaev.

Wilder landed 326 of the 587 punches he threw, compared to just 98-for-332 by his challenger.

The Premier Boxing Champions card aired live on NBC, marking the first heavyweight title bout to air on prime time for the network in 30 years.

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