It was not the fight that Deontay Wilder wanted last night, but he still felt as if he had something to prove.
Wilder took on Bermane Stiverne for the second time last night, with the Canadian the only fighter that had managed to last 12 rounds in the ring with him in Wilder's 38 professional appearances.
But the Amercian quickly atoned for that; with an absolutely brutal combination of punches in only the first round of the bout.
It was evident that Stiverne was out of his depth from the outset, and he fell to the just two minutes into the fight.
The Canadian shook his head in disbelief after being dropped the first time, and he was dropped two more times in the space of 30 seconds before the referee decided he had seen enough.
It was a supreme display by Wilder, who was itching to make a statement as he goes in search of a bout against Anthony Joshua.
The WBC Heavyweight Champion now improves to 39-0; with 38 of those being knockouts.
That's quite an impressive record.
WILDER'S PRE-FIGHT PREDICTION
In typical confident fashion, the unbeaten American sent a chilling tweet which predicted the outcome of the fight.
The 32-year-old delivered a warning to Stiverne claiming there was nothing he could do to beat him, before assuring his opponent not to worry because 'it'll all be over soon'.
Well, looks as if Wilder stayed true to his word, with Stiverne not even making it to round two.
WILDER'S POST-FIGHT ANTICS
Wilder has made it no secret that he is chasing a bout with Anthony Joshua, and he made that clear in his post-fight interviews.
After the fight, the American said: "They are trying to give me a peasant in [Dillian] Whyte but I want the king Joshua.
"A king doesn't chase a peasant, I don't chase peasants, I want Joshua.
"The world wants the Joshua fight, come and see me baby, no more hiding, ducking, dodging, no more excuses, I know I'm the best.
"Let's make the fight happen, I know I'm the best, are you up for the test?"
After this display, the inevitable showdown before Wilder and Joshua is sure to be an absolute blockbuster.
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