Deontay Wilder knocks out Washington, ready for Joseph Parker
February 26, 2017
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA - The opponent substitution did not phase Deontay Wilder this past Saturday night, as he retained his WBC world heavyweight title by fifth round knockout against the 6 foot 6 Gerald Washington from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
Even though Wilder, 31, attained the victory and kept his professional record unblemished, Washington's athletic size and build made for problematic instances for the Alabama native [Wilder]. Washington (18-1-1, 12 KOs) was able to connect with his jab and was able to utilize his size to seemingly keep Wilder's foot light on the gas pedal.
However, just as guest commentator and WBA world title holder Abner Mares indicated the need for Wilder to use his right hand, Washington found himself at the end of one and nearly fell through the ropes to the outside of the ring (as seen above). The 34-year-old Washington rose to feet immediately, but was noticeably on wobbly legs. Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) smelled blood in the water and bombarded Washington with shots that ultimately caused the referee to jump in between both fighters and stop the fight.
After the fight, Wilder was asked about the possibility of fighting recent WBO heavyweight title holder, Joseph Parker, in a future unification matchup (as seen above). Wilder will surely be watching in April when Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko face off in front of just under 100,000 fans in London's Wembley Stadium. In the meantime, Wilder not only says he's prepared to fight Parker, but refers to his previous comments of other heavyweights being ready for him.
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(Feature photo: Ryan Hafey / Premier Boxing Champions)