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[Video] Bomb Squad Homecoming: Wilder Stops Molina in 9th

BIRMINGHAM, AL -- WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder had a brief scare in the third round, but ultimately succeeded in delivering a triumphant homecoming in knocking down Eric Molina four times in route to a ninth round technical knockout.

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BIRMINGHAM, AL — WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder had a brief scare in the third round, but ultimately succeeded in delivering a triumphant homecoming in knocking down Eric Molina four times in route to a ninth round technical knockout.

Molina, whose previous losses came via first round KOs, was not expected to last long under Wilder’s power. Molina survived early on with head movement off the backfoot to evade Wilder’s telegraphed right hands. Wilder got buzzed a hard right himself in the third. He regrouped by dropping Molina towards the end of the fourth, and twice more in the fifth off right hand shots.

The finish didn’t come quickly as Wilder’s stamina and Molina’s body punching made it slightly more competitive. After a strong eighth for Molina, he found himself on the canvas for good in the ninth via another right high on the temple.

NOT READY FOR POVETKIN: The #1 contender for Wilder’s belt is Alexander Povetkin. Based on what we saw against Molina, Wilder will have his hands full. His stamina was shaky against a guy who wasn’t even fighting at a high pace. We saw no combination punching, and Molina was killing his body. Povetkin is a very good inside fighter and it’s hard to imagine Wilder being able to withstand it. Expect the Bomb Squad camp to delay Povetkin’s title shot for as long as they can. Not seeing it happen until 2016 wouldn’t surprise me.

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