Deontay Wilder vs Eric Molina
For WBC World Heavyweight title. First heavyweight title fight held in the state of Alabama, native to Evander Holyfield (who was in attendance), Earnie Shavers and Joe Louis. Molina sought to become the first Mexican-American World Heavyweight champion in history.
The 6'7" inch Wilder got tested by the 50 to 1 odds underdog Molina. Wilder dominated, knocking down Molina near the end of round four, twice in the fifth, and knocking him out on his back in the ninth round.
To his credit, Molina gave a courageous accounting of himself and the best performance of his career. Molina had no answer, though, for Wilder's power shots, which caused maximum damage when they landed. Wilder boxed patiently for several more rounds waiting for the right moment, and upon finding it landed a right hand coup de grace, sending Molina down and out on his back for the full count, and the bout was over.
Wilder had respect for Molina after the bout, stating "I was really surprised he kept coming and hanging in there. A lot of people said he wouldn't even be around, he wouldn't last. There were a lot of doubters, but he showed a lot of heart, and I needed that kind of guy to fight here in Alabama."
Molina attempted to join Bernard Hopkins, Mike Weaver and others who lost their pro debuts, but went on to win a world title.