Bomb Squad!

A holy crap moment.

Jim Rome
May 20, 2019 - 12:41 pm
Dominic Breazeale

USA Today


Sometimes the sounds tell you everything you need to know about a moment. Like this from the Rockies-Phillies game on Saturday afternoon.

Bryce Harper digs in and then Bryce Harper does this.

You hear that sound and you don’t even need to see the ball. You know it’s gone. And you know it’s going a country mile.

Or like this from the Deontay Wilder-Dominic Breazeale fight on Saturday night. Deontay Wilder hauls back and Deontay Wilder does this.

You hear that punch and you don’t even to see Breazeale hit the canvas and you don’t need the ref to count to ten to know it’s a knockout.

Those were two of the loudest cracks you’ll ever hear and they happened within hours of each other.

Harper reportedly hit that ball 114 miles per hour. Deontay Wilder hit that skull even harder.

And he said he would. Let’s go back to last week. Back to when Wilder said this: "Dominic Breazeale asked for this. I didn't seek him out. He [came for] me. This isn't a gentleman's sport. We don't ask to hit each other in the face, but we do anyway. If you ask any doctor around the world, he'll tell you the head is not meant to be hit. This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time. It's legal. So why not use my right to do so?"

He said that and then he did this.

That genuinely was a holy crap moment. I heard that and I felt it. That punch was so hard I was checking my own teeth. I was trying to stand up from my couch and get to my feet and I couldn’t after that punch.

That was a totally legal punch and for a moment, I thought he had actually legally killed Breazeale. No joke. That’s how fierce that was. And credit to Dominic for eventually getting to his feet. And actually, sort of, kind of nearly beat the count. And by nearly beating the count, I mean he was able to get to his feet the same day Wilder broke his face. Almost any other person on the planet gets hit like that and they are napping it out for a month.  

I know that fight barely made it two minutes, but if you bought Showtime just to see that fight, I know you’re not asking for your money back. That knockout was worth an entire year’s subscription fee. That’s how good it was. Holy bleep. That happened Saturday night and I’m still not right.

There will never be another Mike Tyson in his prime. But that had me flashing back. That had me going back to the good old days when guys were getting dropped by sledgehammers. 

Two minutes and 17 seconds into the first round and it was over. As he told me last week, mandatory challengers are like flies. And he just swatted that fly into oblivion.

Anthony Joshua needed seven rounds to deal with Dominic Breazeale. Wilder barely needed seven seconds.

Wilder isn’t a perfect boxer. He’d be the first to tell you that. But he’s everything you want in a boxer. Especially in a heavyweight. He talks a great game, he loves the sport, and he comes to fight. He’s not just looking to win, he’s looking to win a certain way.  He knows when the heavyweight champion of the world puts on that bed, he’s the baddest man on the planet. At least he’s supposed to be. And Wilder knows this about that belt. And the crown on his dome. He was looking to put on a show and if the other guy should leave in a body bag, so be it, quote

“Everything just came out of me tonight. I know it’s been a big build-up to this fight. There was a lot of animosity, a lot of chaos. There was a lot of hatred between us and there were a lot of words that were said. It just came out tonight, and this is what makes boxing so great.”

As for that talk about the WBC having an ethics hearing over Wilder saying he wanted to legally kill Breazeale, Wilder said afterwards that he loved Breazeale.

“I had so much inside I had to endure and that I had to overcome, even with the training. There were many times my body was hurting. I just told Breazeale I love him and of course I wanted to see him go home to his family. I know we say some things we mean sometimes, but then when you get into a fight and you settle your differences as men and you hold these gloves, this is what the sport is all about.”

That is the truth. The sport is all about that. And I’m truly glad that wilder didn’t actually kill Brazil. Because for a moment there, I really wasn’t sure.