Deontay Wilder sets his sights on Anthony Joshua after Breazeale win

No sooner had Billy Joe Saunders become a two-weight world champion on a dark, damp field in rural Hertfordshire than he was upstaged big-time by Deontay Wilder lighting up New York with yet another burst of electrocuting power.
No wonder Billy Joe craves the magnitude of fights in which the Bronze Bomber has now joined Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis in a niche heavyweight pantheon.
The contrast could not have been more vivid between a politely appreciative Saturday night audience for an artistic boxing exhibition at Stevenage Football Club and the Sunday morning giant-slaying which raised the roof of Brooklyn's glittering Barclays Center.
Who can blame Saunders for begging Canelo Alvarez, Callum Smith or Gennady Golovkin to open the doors for him to grander stages?
Who can question Wilder's assertion that Tyson Fury is wise to get back on smaller horses before saddling up for a rematch with the American who ended their December draw by dropping him like a stone?
Or blame Wilder, while he is waiting, for returning to his pursuits of Anthony Joshua and the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world?
All the bad blood and death threats came to a brutal, instant end as Wilder unleashed the freakish power of his right hand in the first round.
Dominic Breazeale fell flat his on back, just like Fury. But unlike the Gypsy King, Wilder's mandatory challenger for the WBC title was unable to rise up like Lazarus to see out the fight.
Thus Wilder takes his place alongside Louis and Ali, to name but plenty, as only the 10th heavyweight to rack up nine successful world championship defences in succession.
This was supposed to be Wilder-Fury II. Vested financial interests put that on hold but the Bomber also says: 'Tyson could not remember how I knocked him down or how he got up. That means I gave him bad concussion. I understand that he needs a couple of lesser fights to try to get back on track before thinking about getting in the ring with me again.'
Fury meets little-known German Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on June 15. So Wilder returns his attention to Joshua, with whom he has repeatedly failed to reach agreement and who has his own interim defence, against American-Mexican slugger Andy Ruiz Jr, in New York's Madison Square Garden on June 1.
'These fights will happen,' insists Wilder.
Saunders hopes for the same: 'Ideally with Canelo or Smith.' 
Maybe with Golovkin, for whom he would go back down to his first title-winning division of middleweight despite winning the vacant WBO super-middleweight belt by a decision so unanimously lop-sided that the three official judges scored it 120-108, 117-111 and 118-110, while I had Saunders by 119-109.
Saunders was dazzling of hand speed in the first half, then brilliantly elusive after being rocked by a solitary left in the sixth. But in truth Shefat Isufi was so out-classed that it is hard to understand how he was rated a No 1 contender. 
Just as impressive, in a tougher points victory over defending IBF super-lighteweight champion Ivan Baranchyk in Glasgow, was Josh Taylor. The dynamic young Scot's reward is his first world title and a place in the final of the exciting World Boxing Super Series tournament.
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