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Zhilei Zhang knocks out Deontay Wilder

By primenewsghana
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If that was it for Deontay Wilder, he went out with a bang – the powerful right hand of “Big Bang’’ Zhilei Zhang.

Zhang knocked out Wilder at 1:51 of the fifth round of their heavyweight bout in Saudi Arabia, sending the American boxer to his fourth defeat in his past five fights — in what might have been his last fight.

Before the fight, Wilder called the bout a make-or-break moment and entertained the possibility of retirement. He looked broken when he got hit by two Zhang rights in the fifth round that dropped him to the canvas.

The 6-foot-6 Zhang weighed in at 282 pounds, 68 pounds heavier than Wilder did at 214.

The proof was in the punch.

When Zhang landed the knockout punch, it was with massive force.

The 6-foot-7 Wilder did land a few powerful right hands earlier in the round. But Zhang absorbed them before finishing off Wilder.

Wilder had grazed Zhang with a right hand and appeared to be complaining to the referee before he got hit with the knockout punch. Wilder did not participate in an in-ring interview after the fight.

Wilder, 38, fell to 43-4-1. Zhang, the 41-year-old southpaw from China, improved to 27-2-1.