On the chief support of the Khan–Diaz fight at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield featured Deontay Wilder vs Audley Harrison, a classic crossroads encounter which turned out to be a mismatch. Harrison was tentative from the onset, probing intermittently with the right hand and looking to walk Wilder on to a straight left hand. Alas, it took less than 50 seconds for Wilder to demonstrate the punching power which has built a 100% KO record.
After Harrison backed off into a corner, Wilder seized the opportunity to lead with his left and setup the angle for a right cross with ease. Wilder followed it up with a several wild swings, although fortunately for Harrison, who was already hurt and on the way down, hardly any of them landed. Harrison gingerly got back up, but referee Terry O’Connor had seen enough to conclude that Harrison was in no condition to continue.
Greater tests lie ahead for Wilder, but he beat what was put in front of him and did so in devastating fashion, introducing himself to a new audience in the process. He also took the opportunity call out Tyson Fury [21-0], a fight which would surely capture the imagination if it were to happen.
When asked after his dramatic finish of Harrison who he wants to fight next, a poetic Wilder said “Fee fi fum fum, I’m the man with the right hand bomb. Tyson Fury! Oh where oh where, oh where can he be? – For he the next man that I wanna see, Sheffield, England, do you agree?”
As for Harrison, while many will be hoping that he finally hangs up his gloves, it remains to be seen if he walks away from the sport. Wilder’s record improves to [29-0], while Harrison’s drops to [31-7].