Attempting to make the fifth defense of his WBC heavyweight crown, Deontay Wilder had questions to answer, as many wondered how his surgically repaired right hand would hold up at the end of a 7-month layoff.
Making his U.S. debut, Polish heavyweight prospect Izu Ugonoh faced a stiff test in 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic Breazeale, who in his last fight had challenged Anthony Joshua for a heavyweight world title.
Not far out from the fight date, Jermall Charlo deciding to vacate his 154-pound world title meant that a scheduled title eliminator bout between Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd immediately had larger implications.
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