BIRMINGHAM, AL - Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) finished three-time world title challenger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KOs) after the eighth round of the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.
In front of a hometown crowd of 11,974, Wilder controlled the fight from bell to bell, dropping Arreola in the fourth round, and dominating the battle tested challenger. Despite a broken right hand and a torn bicep muscle, Wilder managed to persevere and secure the stoppage.
Televised action opened with Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz Jr. (18-1, 8 KOs) defeating Sammy "The Sergeant" Vasquez Jr. (21-1, 15 KOs) by unanimous decision (96-93, 95-94, 95-94) in an exhilarating 10-round welterweight showdown.
The second televised bout featured unbeaten rising star Erickson "Hammer" Lubin (16-0, 11 KOs) scoring a unanimous decision (80-72, 80-72, 80-72) over Ivan Montero (20-2, 8 KOs) in an eight-round junior middleweight bout.
"When he started taunting in the eighth round I knew it was all just part of boxing. No big deal. The fourth round knockdown was a situation where he just hit me with the perfect shot. Nothing I could do about it," Arreola said.
"(Deontay's) movement was really tough. He moved perfectly behind his jab. It's not that it's even frustrating; it was just I had to catch up to him on runs like that, but it was a fun fight. He just kept me on the outside, I couldn't figure him out -- plain and simple. I have to give him all the respect in the world because he was just a much better fighter."
"Let's be honest, man. It takes a real fighter to be in the ring with someone like him. He's a big man. We're in the heavyweight division, man, this is the hurt business. You have to know how to deal with adversity. I get punched, I'm going to get back up. I have to give him credit for using his distance, using his jab and just keeping me at bay."