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Remembering the bizarre ending to round two of Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne

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Deontay Wilder's rematch against Haitian-Canadian heavyweight Bermane Stiverne is just around the corner, with the 'Bronze Bomber's' WBC title and undefeated record on the line.

Wilder, who has impressively made a name for himself in the US as one of the top heavyweights in the world, hosting a 38-0 record with 37 knockouts, puts his title on the line for the seventh time against mandatory challenger Stiverne.

After his previous fight against former heavyweight champion Stiverne in January 2015, the 6ft 7" knockout specialist says he will turn his attention to unifying the heavyweight belts with potential upcoming fights with Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker.

Stiverne may have something to say about that, though, as he remains the only competitor to take Wilder the full distance of 12 rounds and provided some scares for the champion in their bout almost two years ago.

However, the moment that everyone will never forget from their initial fight occurred at the end of the second round, when a bizarre exchange at the end of the round resulted in both fighters and referee Tony Weeks all knocked to the floor in the ring.

With 10 seconds left of the round, Wilder landed several blows which appeared to have taken its toll on his fellow fighter, but as the bell went and the referee stepped in, the Haitian boxer seemed to fall forwards knocking, not just Wilder over, but the referee as well.

A rare, almost comedic sight, is a picture that no one will forget from the gruelling fight, and remains a talking point before the two heavyweights meet again this weekend at the Barclays Centre in New York.

Watch the highlights from their first fight below. [Scroll to 0:48 to see the bizarre ending]

Despite Stiverne proving last fight that he is no push over, the majority of boxing fans can't see past the dominant American winning again and are already licking their lips at the prospect of Wilder going toe-to-toe with fellow undefeated heavyweight champion "AJ" Anthony Joshua.

This is as Joshua picked up his 19th win with his 19th knockout at the hands of Cameroonian heavyweight Carlos Takam in Cardiff on Saturday.

If everything goes to plan for the undefeated "Bronze Bomber" on Saturday, then 2018 will surely be the year that we see these two heavyweights collide.

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