Undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder improved to 35-0, 34 KO's after destroying Johann Duhaupas (32-3, 20 KO's) at the Legacy Arena in Alabama in front of Wilder's hometown crowd. Wilder scored an 11th round TKO victory over Duhaupas, who was stopped for the first time in his professional career.
Throughout the fight Wilder established a good jab as he controlled the distance and pace of the bout. Duhaupas had some success early with the jab and putting pressure on Wilder. There were times in the first couple rounds Duhaupas was able to land some good shots on Wilder on the ropes. For most of the fight though, Wilder never appeared to be in any sort of danger. He used his legs to move, his jab to keep Duhaupas out of range, and followed up with hard combinations that hurt Duhaupas time and time again. In the 11th round Duhaupas almost found himself on the canvas after being smashed with a hard right hand and left hook from Wilder. The referee stepped in to stop the fight.
In the Co-Main Event, Dominic Breazeale (16-0, 14 KO's) kept his undefeated record in tact by defeating Fred Kassi by a controversial unanimous decision. Scores were 100-90, 98-92, and 97-93 for Breazeale. Most media outlets had the fight in the fight in the 95-95 range with many of them scoring the fight 96-94 or 97-93 the other way in favor of Kassi.