Deontay Wilder and Caleb Plant deliver back-to-back brutal knockouts

Deontay Wilder celebrates after his knockout punch of Robert Helenius on Saturday in New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

When Caleb Plant walked out of the ring after a vicious knockout of Anthony Dirrell on Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in a super middleweight bout, he must have thought he stole the show.

There was only one fight left and the knockout was not only amazing, it was a knockout type performance of the year.

The problem for Plant is that Deontay Wilder was in the next fight. And as he has done so many times, the former WBC heavyweight champion stole the show with a brutal and incredible knockout of Robert Helenius in the main event of the card.

Helenius edged Wilder 5-3 on aggregate, and Wilder didn’t seem to put it all in his shot. But Wilder, who is one of the greatest punchers in boxing history, doesn’t have to do his best to finish off an opponent in brutal fashion.

Helenius chased Wilder, who backed into a neutral corner. Wilder threw a right hand that traveled maybe two feet at most and hit Helenius in the nose. Helenius fell instantly and didn’t move for several scary moments. The knockout came at 2:57 of the first.

It was a reminder to anyone who may have forgotten what Wilder is capable of. If anyone had seen Wilder’s classic third fight with Fury last year in Las Vegas, they would never have questioned his ability to knock anyone out.

But Wilder made a definite statement with that knockout on Saturday.

“I was making it reach,” Wilder said. “I was trying to keep my distance. Robert, he has the heart of a champion. I knew what he was capable of. I didn’t take him lightly at all. I didn’t take him for granted I could look in his eyes [and see] that he really wanted that. He wanted to be the first [of his] compatriots to be the heavyweight champion of the world. That being said, they will come. I knew this from Robert so I had to take my time.

But with Wilder, it doesn’t take much to end a fight. He said he would like to fight unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, but said he was ready to fight anyone, including ex-champ Andy Ruiz.

A Wilder-Anthony Joshua fight would be huge, but Wilder’s power makes him a great fight for any heavyweight in the world.

Plant hit like a heavyweight with his hook on Dirrell. They were fighting in the center of the ring in the ninth round of a fight in which Plant was in control when he threw a combination to the body.

Before Dirrell could react, Plant threw what is probably the best left hook he has ever thrown. He quickly ran upstairs and punched Dirrell in the chin, knocking Dirrell down instantly. The referee could have counted to 500 and Dirrell would not have beaten the count.

It was an amazing knockout, but it’s still hard to knock out the KO King. And Plant found out when Wilder stepped into the ring moments after he finished work.

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 15: Caleb Plant hits Anthony Dirrell during their WBC super middleweight world title elimination bout at Barclays Center on October 15, 2022 in Brooklyn, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Caleb Plant hits Anthony Dirrell during their WBC super middleweight world title elimination bout at Barclays Center on October 15, 2022 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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