Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KO’s) scores four knock downs en route to a stoppage win over a very game Eric Molina (23-3, 17 KO’s) in Birmingham, Alabama. He successfully defended his heavyweight title he took from Bermane Stiverne early this year also via knockout.
Wilder scored knockdowns once in Rounds 4 and twice in Round 5 and ultimately stopped Molina in Round 9. The official time of the stoppage 1:03 in Round 9.
Wilder caught Molina towards the ropes with a vicious left hook, in the final seconds of the round that sent Molina crashing to the canvas. He missed a big right hand while Molina was on his way down to the canvas. If that shot landed, the fight could have been stopped from there.
Molina survived the 4th round obviously hurt. In the succeeding round, Molina landed some significant shots that backed Wilder momentarily. But Wilder floored him again twice in the fifth stanza.
Molina got up gallantly from those two knockdowns and managed to hang a little longer tiring the champion a little bit. But in Round 9 referee Jack Riess had seen enough after Wilder put down Molina again with a right hand. Riess did not manage to count and stopped the contest to save Molina from further beating.
Wilder could be facing mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in his next fight.