Deontay Wilder stops Marlon Hayes in 4th round

By Boxing News - 02/25/2012 - Comments

By Jim Dower: Undefeated heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder (21-0, 21 KO’s) added another knockout to his growing list by stopping 40-year-old journeyman Marlon Hayes (23-11, 11 KO’s) in the 4th round on Saturday night on the undercard of the Devon Alexander – Marcos Maidana fight at the Scottrade Center in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Wilder hurt the 5’9″ Hayes with a series of big right hands in the 4th, and came close to stopping him on his feet, as he was badly hurt from the shot. However, Hayes was able to make it to the end of the round in one piece but looking really bad off. The referee then decided to halt the fight in between rounds rather than let Hayes come out for the 5th round and absorb more right hand punishment from Wilder.

In the first two rounds, Wilder was really going after Hayes looking to land big right hand bombs. Hayes did a good job of staying on the move and avoiding the biggest shots from Wilder. He still got hit with some big punches, but Haye’s survival oriented game prevented Wilder from landing the finishing shot that he wanted to.

Wilder began to connect more and more in the 3rd, hitting Hayes with some beautiful shots but somehow Hayes stayed on his feet and continued to stay on the move.

It was another good performance from Wilder, but he needs to step it up against better opposition than this because Hayes was unable to give Wilder any kind of fight and there’s nothing to learn from beating up on guys that are just out to survive.

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