Patient Deontay Wilder Retains WBC Belt With TKO of Gerald Washington

Patient Deontay Wilder Retains WBC Belt With TKO of Gerald Washington

Deontay Wilder patiently waited for an opening, and got it early in the fifth round.


Defending his WBC heavyeweight championship for the fifth time, Wilder scored a technical knockout of Gerald Washington in the main event of Saturday’s nationally televised Premier Boxing Champions event at Legacy Arena in Birmingham.

The Alabama native moved to 38-0, with all but one victory by knockout, as he handed Washington (18-1-1) the first loss of his career.

While Wilder was patiently looking for an opening, Washington took advantage as the aggressor through the first four rounds.

Wilder found his opening early in the fifth round, knocking Washington to the turf before the referee stopped the fight.

Washington, 34, was a defensive end at USC with practice squad stints in the NFL with the Bills and Seahawks, and did not make his professional boxing debut until 2012.

He appeared to be in control through the opening round, but a quick jab from Wilder’s right hand to Washington’s temple got the former football player unsteady before a left cross knocked him to the canvas. Washington got to his feet, but was met with a barrage of punches from Wilder, prompting the referee to step in.

Wilder wants to unify the heavyweight belts and called out WBO champion Joseph Parker following Saturday’s fight. Former heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko will face undefeated British fighter and IBF champion Anthony Joshua (18-0) for the IBF and vacant WBA and IBO belts on April 29.

“I’m ready for Joseph Parker, but is he ready for me? I did my part, Joseph Parker,” Wilder told Fox Sports in the ring. “Now it’s time to do yours.”

About Alexis Sostre

A Miami-Los Angeles based entrepreneur, contributor, writer, and editor. With a powerful new bi-lingual speaking generation by his side, Sostre News is becoming the preferred site for the latest in Entertainment, Sports, Style, Tech, Breaking News.

Check Also

Jeanie Buss Seeks Restraining Order Against Brothers To Keep Lakers Control

Jeanie Buss has thwarted an effort by her brothers, Jim and Johnny, to oust her as the Lakers’ president and controlling owner as the behind-the-scenes battle for control of the franchise moved into the courtroom.