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.
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.
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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.”