Dominic Breazeale claims fight with Deontay Wilder was stopped early

19-05-2019 06:05

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 18: Deontay Wilder knocks out Dominic Breazeale in the first round during their bout for Wilder's WBC heavyweight title at Barclays Center on May 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Wilder knocked Breazeale down in the first round (Picture: Getty)

Dominic Breazeale feels his fight with Deontay Wilder was stopped early after the WBC champion scored a first-round knockout.

Wilder struck Breazeale down with a perfectly-timed right hand and the mandatory challenger was laid out on his back.

Breazeale was visibly struggling to get back to his feet and the referee, Harvey Dock, waved off the contest after the challenger missed the count.

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

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Referee Harvey Dock calls off the fight in the first round as Dominic Breazeale suffered a knockout in the first round at Barclays Center on May 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Edward Diller/Getty Images)

Referee Harvey Dock waved off the fight (Picture: Getty)

‘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.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 18: Deontay Wilder walks off after knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round during their bout for Wilder's WBC heavyweight championship at Barclays Center on May 18, 2019 in New York City.

Wilder remains undefeated with 40 KOs (Picture: Getty)

‘I thought I was going to come on in the later rounds.

‘I’ll be back and go for the heavyweight title again.’

Breazeale did not start to get his feet until the eighth count and was still disorientated when he did manage to get up.

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