Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Wilder Wins in Four Rounds

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Wilder Wins in Four Rounds

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ST. LOUIS | Deontay Wilder fights like a man in a hurry.

"Like most Americans, I want to work less and get paid more," he said. "To get paid for quick work, that's a great thing."

The Tuscaloosa native continued his early-round mastery Saturday night with a fourth-round TKO of Marlon Hayes in a scheduled eight- round fight at the Scottrade Center.

Wilder improved to 21-0 with 19 of his fights lasting three rounds or less. He has knocked out all 21 opponents and recorded 13 first-round KO's.

Actually, Saturday's fight was the longest of his career even though it was little more than a 12-minute workout. Hayes (23-11) showed little interest in competing and threw a laughable six punches combined over the second and third rounds.

"Getting the business out of the way as quick as I can," Wilder said. "That's what I'm usually trying to do out there."

This time around, Wilder chose not to move in for the early kill.

"I really could have gotten him in the first round," Wilder said, "I was too fast. But I said, 'Hey, let's practice on some stuff. It was almost like sparring.'"

Wilder, who won a Bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, battered the outmatched Hayes in the third and fourth rounds after an uneventful start. Wilder used a wicked flurry in the final seconds of the fourth round to send Hayes staggering into the ropes. He continue to pound Hayes with a series of combinations up until the bell.

Hayes, who bears a striking resemblance to Isaac Hayes, stumbled to his corner and collapsed on his stool before the referee walked to his corner, took one look and officially waved off the fight.

At 6-foot-7, Wilder uses his lengthy reach to make short work of his opponents. Counting Saturday, Wilder has spent 77 minutes and 45 seconds in the ring as a professional.

A former high school football standout, Wilder won the St. Louis fans over with his aggressive style, especially in the third and fourth rounds. He is ranked 20th in the heavyweight division, according to co-trainer Jay Deas and is likely to move up after another one-sided triumph. …

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