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The new face of American boxing is a Bronze Bomber.

Deontay Wilder continued his torrid pace as Heavyweight Champion Saturday night, knocking out opponent Artur Szpilka in the 9th round to retain his piece of the Heavyweight crown before a largely partisan crowd at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

With legends Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson at ringside, Wilder (36 – 0, 35 KOs) delivered a knockout that was as vicious as either of those two. Moments after Szpilka (20 – 2, 15 KOs) crashed to the canvas and Wilder celebrated victory, medical personnel swarmed the ring and had to put Szpilka on a stretcher. He was taken to a local medical facility in Brooklyn for evaluation.

After the fight, lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who had to relinquish the IBF belt following inappropriate comments after his victory against Wladimir Klitscho in November entered the ring unannounced and crashed Wilder’s postfight interview on Showtime, almost causing a secondary fight to pop off between the two. Wilder, enraged, got back on the microphone and delivered a WWE style promo against his potential foe.

“This is just an act, you’re not a real fighter,” Wilder told Fury. “This is not WWE .. I promise when you step into ring I will baptize you.”

PHOTO CRED: Frank Franklin II/AP Photo

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