Michael Hunter decimates Mike Wilson to notch a fourth-round TKO

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Michael Hunter needed to make a statement on Tuesday night in his main event tilt against Mike Wilson. A definitive victory would put him in the conversation for a significant fight at heavyweight. 

Hunter did just that, destroying Wilson from start to finish and punctuating things with a scintillating right hand to bend Wilson backwards to win via TKO at the 2:49 mark of the fourth round at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

The 2012 United States Olympian knew he had to put on a show to let the heavyweight division know that he's a force to be reckoned with. He did precisely that. Hunter came right out, pumping the jab, pounding Wilson's body, and throwing heavy power shots. When the fight got to the halfway mark of the second round, the body work was taking its toll as Wilson was breathing heavily while Hunter was fresh as a daisy and bouncing around in the corner in between rounds. 

The end came near the third round when Hunter rocked and stunned Wilson with a hard right hand followed by a left. When the fourth began, Wilson was just leaning on Hunter and not doing much else. Hunter connected on a three-punch combination that was punctuated by a left uppercut that backed Wilson up.

Hunter sealed the deal when he connected on a jab, Wilson attempted a slow jab, and Hunter detonated Wilson with a vicious overhand right to run his record to 20-1-1 with 14 knockouts. 

Hunter now puts himself in the conversation to take on top heavyweights like Dillian Whyte, Andy Ruiz Jr., and Joseph Parker in his next time out. At the same time, Anthony Joshua faces Oleksander Usyk on Sept. 25, and Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder settle their score on Oct. 9.

It's an exciting time to be a fan of the heavyweight division.




Michael Hunter knocks out Mike Wilson

Hunter def. Wilson via TKO at 2:49 of the fourth round. 

What a statement from Michael Hunter. 

Michael Hunter finishes off Mike Wilson

Hunter doesn't look like he's slowing down as he pacing back-and-forth before the bell sounds. Another big right hand connects to the left eye. Wilson's best offense has been leaning on Hunter. Two rights from Hunter. A right hook clips Wilson's chin. Three-punch combination ends with an uppercut. Hunter throws a jab, Wilson misses a lazy jab and Hunter blasts Wilson with a blistering uppercut to send him to the canvas. Wilson gets up but is on very shaky legs and the referee waves it off. What a KO by Michael Hunter! 

Hunter-Wilson; Round 3

Hunter immediately starts the third with a big right hand. Another hard right to the body by Hunter. A sneaky left uppercut stops Wilson in his tracks. Wilson is doing nothing as Hunter blasts a right hook to the left eye. Hunter with a three-punch combination to the body. Wilson didn't like that too much. A jab and a right hand rocked Wilson. A left wobbles Wilson as the horn sounds. Wilson is in serious trouble. Be shocked if it makes it past the fourth round. (10-9 Hunter, 30-27 Hunter)

Hunter-Wilson; Round 2

Wilson's not going away quietly. He's coming forward and pushing the pace. Hunter connects with two right hands and Wilson misses wildly again. Hunter raises his hands in the air and then does nothing with it. Wilson looks tired with a minute to go as Hunter is mercifully pounding the body. Hunter punctuates the round with a five-punch combination. (10-9 Hunter, 20-18 Hunter)

Hunter-Wilson; Round 1

Hunter comes right out popping the jab. A wild left hook from Hunter narrowly misses. Not detered, Hunter stuns Wilson with a right hand, and snaps his head back with a right uppercut. A jab and a right to the body by Hunter, who is clicking and looking sharp. A left uppercut stops Wilson in his tracks. Wilson fires back with a right hook. A combination from Hunter ends the round. (10-9 Hunter)

Main event time

It's time for the main event as Michael Hunter (19-1-1, 13 KOs) takes on Mike Wilson (21-1, 10 KOs) in heavyweight action. 

Chris Algieri shines after 26 month layoff

Algierl def. Lespierre via unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 99-91). Couldn't have asked for a better performance coming back from a 26-month layoff. He was dominant for all 30 minutes. He systematically broke Lespierre down every which way. Whether it was with power shots, or exemplifying pure boxing, Algieri showed everything in the toolbox. 

Algieri wants big fights in the future. He's off to a great start.

Algieri continuing the beating

Algieri is sticking to the gameplan and not altering it whatsoever. He stays in Lespierre's space and doesn't stop throwing. Lespierre needs a miracle.

Algieri putting on a show

Through six, it's all Algieri. He's battering Lespierre to the body, then going upstairs, and using his slick footwork to overwhelm him, including throwing a staggering 124 punches in the sixth round. Lespierre needs to start throwing caution to the wind.

Algieri outgunning Lespierre

Through four rounds, it's all Algieri. He's looking terrific so far. He's outworking Lespierre, and pushing the needle more. Lespierre needs to start upping the output or it's going to be a long night at the office. 

Algieri in a rhythm

After getting off to a slow start in the first round, Algieri has shaken off the ring rust. He's being the aggressor, throwing more and connecting on the heavier blows through two rounds. 

Chris Algieri makes his return

It is time for the co-main event as Chris Algieri (24-3, 9 KOs) takes on Mikkel Lespierre (22-2-1, 10 KOs) in the welterweight division. Algieri, the former WBO welterweight champion, returns for the first time in over two years. Intrigued to see what Algieri has left in the gas tank. 

If you're expecting a stoppage like we saw in the previous bout, this won't be the fight for you.

Aaron Aponte runs through Gerardo Gonzalez

Aponte def. Gonzalez via TKO at 0:30 of the second round. After nearly putting Gonzalez away in the opening round, Aponte wasted no time in the second, connecting on a combination, a right hand followed by another right to send Gonzalez to the canvas and the referee immediately waved it off.

Aponte runs his record to 4-0 with two knockouts. He's only 20-years-old, so he's got plenty of time to grow. 

Gonzalez barely survives the opening round

Halfway through the first round, Aponte snapped the jab and followed it with a blistering overhand right to send Gonzalez to the canvas. Aponte tried to put him away with a couple of right hooks but Gonzalez made it through the round.

Main card begins

The Hunter vs. Wilson main card begins with Aaron Aponte (3-0, 1 KOs) vs. Gerardo Gonzalez (2-0, 1 KOs) in junior welterweight action.


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