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Deontay Wilder KOs Gerald Washington in Round 5

Photo / Ryan Hafey-Premier Boxing Champions
25
Feb

Deontay Wilder changed the course of his fight with Gerald Washington as one might’ve expected: with a big right hand.

The WBC heavyweight titleholder had been largely ineffective through four-plus rounds when, midway through the fifth, a short, powerful right followed by a left put the challenger on his pants. Washington got to his feet only to be met by a vicious barrage of punches, which prompted the referee to stop the fight.

The official time was 1:45 of Round 5.

The 6-foot-6 Washington (18-1-1, 12 knockouts) controlled the fight from the outset with a stiff left jab, although neither fighter was particularly active before the dramatic conclusion. Wilder, 6-foot-7, did little more than wait for an opportunity to hurt the former college football player.

And when it came, Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) took advantage, instantly turning a difficult fight into just another beat down.

 

 

  • Michel Desgrottes

    Wilder was losing that fight bad, getting outclassed, he has an equalizer in power though

    • Charlie U.

      You going to Brooklyn next week?

      • Michel Desgrottes

        Ehhhh not sure, I sorta want to have people over at the crib for the fight, still mulling it over

  • Max-Barley…

    Wilder is one of the worst champions in boxing period.
    Embarrassing!

    • Boxfan

      He’s long, strong, tough, and increasingly patient. And that right hand is dynamite. The left hook is decent, too, when he shortens it. Long story short, he’s more than a handful for any hw in the world.

      • ceylon mooney

        his uppercut in close quarters is good, too.

      • Max-Barley…

        He’s a disaster waiting to happen.

        All I see is a terribly flawed fighter with embarrassing skills for a world champion with five defences.
        He has world class power in his right hand, nothing more.
        ive never someone as tall and long armed so inept at using the best and most important weapon any Heavyweight needs.
        The JAB.

        • Sidewinder

          Basing on just one fight and your saying Wilder doesn’t know how to Jab? Oh cmon.

          • Max-Barley…

            I’ve seen at least half of his fights. He’s been very carefully matched – for good reason.

        • left hook

          Watch the Arreola, u will see his jabs.

          • Left Hook

            Arreola is so hittable. Having someone larger and active in front of him seemed to deter him from throwing it..but that would be true of any fighter.

          • left hook

            The point is not Arreola being hittable but Wilder’s jab, however u could be right cuz his opponent was bigger and he was cautious of being countered. It could also be ring rust.

        • Boxfan

          If that’s all you see, then look harder.

        • Boxfan

          If that’s all you see, then look harder.

        • Terry Cochran

          He had a very good jab when he fought Stiverne so what’s happened?

        • ceylon mooney

          i ve seen him jab plenty. his 1-2 is damn good too.

      • Robert Archambault

        He isn’t patient, he is simply incapable of doing anything other than throw the right hand. He has no skills in the ring at all. He lands it once and then starts swinging wildly until something connects. He looks like a kid in an afterschool fight who has no idea what to do so he just starts swinging his arms around until he hits something.
        Joshua would eat him for lunch and so would any other top HW who actually knows how to box.

        • Boxfan

          Wilder is a physical specimen with decent skills for a hw and a lights-out right hand. And he takes a good shot. Joshua will be in a life or death fight if that one gets made.

          • Robert Archambault

            Decent skills? Did you actually see him last night as the fight was being stopped? He couldn’t see a damn thing in front of him and was just swinging wildly away at nothing at all. The ref was damn lucky that he didn’t get tagged with a wild punch because Wilder had gone all caveman in there. He has the skills of a grade school kid in an afterschool fight in the park. Swing away until you hit something and hope you hit it hard and clean.

          • Chris Stans
        • Boxfan

          Wilder is a physical specimen with decent skills for a hw and a lights-out right hand. And he takes a good shot. Joshua will be in a life or death fight if that one gets made.

  • Guy Grundy

    So we’ve learned nothing new about Wilder.His boxing technique is seriously flawed but he has power in his right hand….

    • Max-Barley…

      I’ve seen Novice kids with way better technique.

      • Chris Stans

        I honestly wonder what they do when he’s in the gym. He and his team can’t honestly think his technique is good

        • Max-Barley…

          He’s on borrowed time.
          I’ve not seen any improvement from him, and it’s not like he’s fighting great competition.
          The final punches “swings” were as bad I’ve ever seen.
          Notice they didn’t show the replay?

          • XDH

            They did. However, your point is notable.

    • AngelMorningstar

      Well except a former collage football player was winning. That should tell everyone what would happen if this bum decided to fight the black colossus!

    • Steven Know It All

      The only thing he has is a powerful right hand . I personally believe Aj would time him and knock him out.

  • Sidewinder

    BOMB SQUAD!!

    • Max-Barley…

      FRAUD SQUAD!

      • Sidewinder

        Booo! Haters gonna hate

      • Sidewinder

        Booo! Haters gonna hate

        • Max-Barley…

          Realist.

          • Sidewinder

            Wilders going to put them all to sleep. Bring AJ next.

          • Max-Barley…

            I’m not 100% sold on AJ yet, but he’s constantly improving way more than Wilder.
            And if he licks kilt as I expect. They need to make the Wilder fight before someone ruins that payday first.

            I’ll be Laying a sizeable bet on Aj Knocking out Fraud Squad.

          • Sidewinder

            Don’t bet too much or much better don’t bet at all.

          • booyahcah29

            You can see the difference in talent right? Aj throws crisp shots, in combo when needed. He can counter and the 1-2 is powerful. He isn’t raw.

          • Floridastorm

            To tell you the truth I think that the real Vlad is going to show up and possibly put AJ to shame. I like AJ. He’s a true gentleman and a pretty decent fighter with some power. However, he is still raw talent. The real Vlad will make AJ look like an amateur. AJ’s best chance is to catch Vlad with a big punch. But, that is very difficult as Vlad has been in there with monsters like Mercer, Peter, Povetkin, McCline, Rachman, etc. They all had big punching power and were skilled technicians. I don’t think that Vlad is going to allow AJ to hit him flush and will probably jab/right hand AJ to death. AJ has never been hit as hard as Vlad can hit on a consistant basis in a fight. In a way I am hoping that AJ does win as he is new blood for the sport. But, I’m not so sure.

        • booyahcah29

          Huggers gonna hug….or wear kneepads.

    • Hammer

      BUMB SQUAD

    • Hammer

      BUMB SQUAD

  • KillaBlu

    Wilder needs a new trainer to make him an elite. He has all the raw talent you need, now he just needs someone to mold him into a real great champion. Can’t keep relying on that power forever.

    • Floridastorm

      His defense is really terrible. If that was Vlad, Joshua, Haye, or another offensive minded fighter with skills, Wilder would have been knocked out tonight. Washington did get to Wilder quite a few times. But, just didn’t have the skills to finish it. That being said, I don’t care who trains him he’s not going to get any better. He is what he is.

      • Fist_ti_cuffs

        Yep 39-0. -_-

        • booyahcah29

          Against cab drivers. Roy Jones would be proud.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            So who exactly should he have fought?

          • Chris

            Luis Ortiz

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            He fights on HBO. If you are a true fan of the sport you would know that. So try again. Who should he have fought?

          • Floridastorm

            If he had any confidence in himself he should have gone ahead and fought Povetkin. He used the excuse that Povetkin possibly used a mild steroid which was later proven false. Steroids don’t make your chin any stronger and don’t protect you from debilitating punches.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Nope. He used an illegal drug, got caught and now has to pay per the court’s. So else should he have fought?

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Roy Jones is a first ballot HOF’er. Try again.

    • Robert Archambault

      Wilder will not change until someone beats him. Once that happens, the losses will start coming in bunches and he will be done with. He’s a one trick pony and he will eventually have to fight someone who actually has some decent experience and skills and that will be all she wrote.

    • booyahcah29

      He doesn’t have talent. If you cannot see that after 39 fights, don’t know what to tell you.

  • wrecksracer

    I didn’t bother watching, but I don’t mind a guy who has one primary weapon if he knows how to deliver it. It’s not like he’s getting lucky. He beats Stiverne level guys easily. My issue is his level of competition. I don’t count him out against top level guys, I just need to see it. Guys like Wilder and Stevenson need to step it up. Time to stop milking the title. Like I said, I didn’t bother to watch. Step it up and I’ll watch.

    • Fist_ti_cuffs

      Who should he have fought? This dude was a last minute replacement for a 2nd Eastern European caught doping. He had a real test tonight and passed. You do realize that a fight with Ortiz probably won’t happen because of network politics……….right? No need to fear though because his fight against Joshua will be explosive. Another fun PBC card. Fishnets must be hating life watching his rivals flourish while he milks ginger for everything he’s worth all the while staging weekly bar-room streams.

      • wrecksracer

        As far as I’m concerned, Wilder has one decent name on his ledger…Stiverne. I watched that fight. I’ll give Wilder a pass for this fight, as he is coming back from an injury. However, I won’t give him a pass for his entire career. Next time he fights decent opposition, I’ll watch. Isn’t excusing a guy’s entire career on “network politics” getting old? I’m willing to watch guys like Wilder and Stevenson if they fight decent opposition. And I could honestly care less about whether one promotional outfit is more successful than another. PBC has managed to get good fights for some of their fighters. Pretending that guys like Wilder and Stevenson are somehow trapped into fighting sub par opposition is pathetic. Step it up.

        • Fist_ti_cuffs

          So who should he fight?

          • wrecksracer

            Can’t he fight guys that are ranked in the top 10? or top 20? If he’s fighting guys in the top 20, could he at least fight a guy like Charles Martin? There shouldn’t be any invisible reasons that a fight like that couldn’t get made.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Who and be specific? Charles Martin is not in the top 10 according to Ring, but I would really like that fight. Let’s not pretend that the division is loaded with Norton, Holmes and Fraizer. He will fight Joshua at some point and anyone else……….you’ll be back on here saying the same thing.

          • wrecksracer

            I said top 10 or at least top 20. Martin is in the top 20. Is there some reason Martin isn’t a viable fight? It’s an easy fight to make. He’s a former titlist. Instead, Wilder is fighting guys that aren’t even in the top 20. Look, if Wilder starts fighting reasonable opponents, I’ll watch. I’ll be more than happy to be a fan. Same goes for Stevenson. These guys are just milking their titles. I’m interested in Champions challenging themselves.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            I said that I like the Martin fight , but according to Ring he isn’t top 10. It’s all academic now as the WBC made Stiverne his mandatory. His only challenges will be Joshua and Ortiz if that fight were possible. Stevenson has fought what was available to him as a Showtime fighter. Kov could’ve got that fight but pulled out of the scheduled purse bid because he knew his promoters pockets weren’t deep enough. Yet everyone gave him a pass.

          • wrecksracer

            I said top 10 or at least top 20. It’s an easy fight to make, but it isn’t being made. Yeah, I heard he’s fighting Stiverne again….Jesus….nobody wants to see that again. OK, I’ll give Wilder a pass again for his next fight. How many passes is that in a row? You can’t pretend that this guy has no control over his career. If he gets offered the Klit/Joshua winner is he going to pretend that his weak mandatory prevents him from taking the fight? What about a unification with Parker? Don’t unifications trump mandatories? Not interested in paying step aside money for some legitimacy?

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            He already said that he wanted to unify with the Parker fight next and Joshua before the end of the year. It looks like it’ll be Stiverne again though. Wilder tried to fight the supposed boogieman in Povetkin but we know how that turned out. Ortiz ain’t gonna happen, but the Parker fight just might. I hope Stiverne will step aside, but it’s not likely.

      • wrecksracer

        As far as I’m concerned, Wilder has one decent name on his ledger…Stiverne. I watched that fight. I’ll give Wilder a pass for this fight, as he is coming back from an injury. However, I won’t give him a pass for his entire career. Next time he fights decent opposition, I’ll watch. Isn’t excusing a guy’s entire career on “network politics” getting old? I’m willing to watch guys like Wilder and Stevenson if they fight decent opposition. And I could honestly care less about whether one promotional outfit is more successful than another. PBC has managed to get good fights for some of their fighters. Pretending that guys like Wilder and Stevenson are somehow trapped into fighting sub par opposition is pathetic. Step it up.

      • booyahcah29

        Joshua Ko 3

        • Fist_ti_cuffs

          The beauty is that they’re both Showtime guys, so it’s gonna happen. Joshua has better technique, but Wilder has the athleticism and one hitter quitter. It’s definitely gonna be a major event. We’ll see what Joshua has when he locks horns with Klitschko.

    • booyahcah29

      Stiverne spending way too much time partying before their fight never gave us a proper litmus test. Plus Stiverne just isn’t good.

  • Jay

    so many haters. Let’s see y’all step in the ring keyboard cowards

    • AngelMorningstar

      isn’t hating it’s stating obvious facts.

    • D Johnson

      Lol

    • left hook

      Most of them have never stepped into the ring. They just sit in front of their television and hate. They curse some fighters for chasing money and yet if it was them or their sons in the same position them will do the same thing.

    • foeaminute

      So the only people who can comment on the President’s policies are former Presidents?

      I think when discussing combat sports especially, you should read the comments with an unspoken, “Yes, they would destroy me in real life, but here’s what I think compared to history and the rest of the current field of fighters…”

    • foeaminute

      So the only people who can comment on the President’s policies are former Presidents?

      I think when discussing combat sports especially, you should read the comments with an unspoken, “Yes, they would destroy me in real life, but here’s what I think compared to history and the rest of the current field of fighters…”

  • Jay

    PBC with another great card!!!

  • Marchegiano

    Joshua blasts his ass away before the midway point.

    • Terry Cochran

      Afraid so. I like Wilder but AJ is just better.

  • Charlie U.

    His technique is not great and he still looks way too raw. But every single person in the division has to fully respect that right hand, or he’ll surely be hitting the canvass against Wilder one day, too.

  • Dee Money

    Am I the only one who thought Wilder wasn’t really trying early on? It was almost as if he said, “I gotta get rounds in” and decided to just throw jabs here and there, try to block punches, weather the storm and get work for a few rounds

    Yeah his footwork looked awful, so I’m not writing all was well with him, but I don’t think we should put too much stock into what Wilder did tonight one way or another. I don’t really think he was confused, or troubled by Washington’s height or jab; I think he was just waiting an getting rounds. As once he actually let his hands go things didn’t last long.

    • Sidewinder

      Very true, and then by solely basing on this one fight suddenly they’re all saying Wilder doesn’t know how to Jab. Smh

      • Rick

        No, they’re saying he looked like he didn’t know what to do against someone jabbing him.

        • Sidewinder

          And when he figured what to do it didn’t last long.

          • booyahcah29

            Congrats. He beat a 34 year old former football player. That deserves a high five, I guess.

    • Bob Gray

      I AGREE ON THE FOOTWORK , HE’S GONNA GO DOWN BECAUSE OF THAT ONE DAY , WILL HE BE ABLE TO GET UP ?

    • mike

      U are not alone. Good analysis. I’d only add that Wilder looked rusty. But Washington looked, and is inexperienced. You could see flashes of it even during his best moments. So he won the early rounds, but that combination that put him down was fast and perfectly executed because Wilder is a skilled pro. Those who think he can’t jab or box should check out the Stiverne fight.

  • The Immortal S-Hop

    Wilder seemed befuddled by this thing called a jab.

    • Arjay Cee

      Jab make Hulk angry!

    • Max-Barley…

      Good observation.
      Deontay only has 38 fights and 6 WBC title fights under his belt, I’m sure with a bit more experience Team Wilder will learn more about this new invention called the JAB.
      Hell – give Him another 6 title fights and he might even stop swinging like a complete novice.
      Fingers crossed….

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    • left hook

      His jab was missing in this particular perhaps it was due to the injury and rust but he normally throws jab, just watch the Arreola fight.

      • booyahcah29

        He is a terrible fighter.

        • left hook

          And what about u, can u even fight.

      • D. Gambino

        I agree Left. Wilder looked very rusty and his timing was definitely off. Wilder’s power is the equalizer in the ring. I do think that, depending on how Joshua looks against Klitschko, he definitely is the one who will beat Wilder. However, we still don’t know how Joshua will hold up when Wilder lands a big right hand on him and he definitely will do that.

        The heavyweight division is interesting. For what it’s worth – I definitely want to see Washington fight again. The guy has potential. I would like to see him in against Jennings.

        • left hook

          Mehn..Wassup with Jennings anyway, I totally forgot about him.

          • D. Gambino

            As far as I’ve seen the guy has just been training. No mention of when his next fight will be but he looks to be in “shape.” Not sure if I would call that “fight shape” but probably not far from it.

  • Arjay Cee

    That’s the world No. 20 taken care of, oh yeah!

    Let’s see if the world No. 21 wants somma dat work. How bout you Nos. 22 and 23? Huh? HUH?

    #G.O.A.T.SQUAD!

  • Arjay Cee

    That’s the world No. 20 taken care of, oh yeah!

    Let’s see if the world No. 21 wants somma dat work. How bout you Nos. 22 and 23? Huh? HUH?

    #G.O.A.T.SQUAD!

  • IanF69

    Poor display from Wilder and I thought the ref was wrong to step in so quick…shit to watch.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    I think the criticism is a bit harsh considering where we are in Heavyweight history – the landscape littered with giant, overbuilt late-starters being rushed to market (..and even if they took more time it wouldn’t change significantly because the competition pool and gym culture just isn’t good enough to make them much better). In other words, WHAT WERE YOU EXPECTING?

    I’m not surprised Holmes declined to be interviewed and Holyfield was at a loss for words much of the time, I imagine the Heavyweight fights they witnessed didn’t even seem like they same sport they took part in.

    Wilder definitely looked rusty, and the change of being in there with a bigger and stronger opponent clearly caused discomfort. But at the same time he could see how green Washington was and I think he was convinced if he just played it safe while studying him carefully the opportunity would come sooner than later.

    • Sweet_Science_

      Great analysis of the state of the division. Washington really surprised me with his composure and punch selection. I really thought Wilder looked terrible. Yes I’m in my armchair analysing his technique. He has Marc Breland as a trainer and barely threw a jab. He said he fell in love with the left during his rehab..didn’t see it.
      I know Washington had a say in that with how well he performed, but I just have such a tough time watching Wilder operate.
      I respect his accomplishment but just can’t believe how raw he looks when trying to finish his man. That right hand is devistating..when he throws it straight. Guess I might be a bit harsh but I’ve watched many Breland fights and expected Wilder to be a carbon copy of his style.

      • booyahcah29

        There is a reason he is protected.

      • Ten Count Toronto

        I almost feel sorry Washington (except that he just made more money than I have in my whole life…) He had by far the most calm, focused and mature state of mind of any fighter on the card, including Hurd & Harrison. The jab was very good and his understanding of positioning & distance was more advanced than other aspects of his game. But you’re correct, that sweeping telegraphed Right was reminiscent of Courage Tsabalalah (though it did have some intimidation value early on) Ultimately last night was at least a year and half to soon for Mitchell.

    • Guy Grundy

      That’s a fine astute comment on the heavyweight scene today.As you suggest, there are heavyweights popping up everywhere,all claiming to be the next big thing…. but when you look closer, the pool is seriously lacking in quality.

    • booyahcah29

      That last paragraph was speculation. I just saw a guy that was outboxed. No capability of countering. Even for the bad heavyweight division, he stands out. His lack of skills are very apparent when comparing to a guy like Joshua. He should stay away from Ortiz.

      • Ten Count Toronto

        Personally I font expect Wilder to have many problems with Ortiz. What advantages Ortiz has in pedigree and skills is negated by his disadvantages in age, conditioning and focus. There’l be a few awkward moments in the first 3 or 4 rounds with some Cuban moved Wilder isn’t used to, but after that I think it will settle into something like the Stiverne fight.

        • Julio

          Stiverne is not as skilled or polished as Ortiz. I do agree with the age, conditioning, and focus aspects. Skill-wise Ortiz is too crafty for Wilder and only his physical limitations might come into play. I would see him very up for that one though.

          • Ten Count Toronto

            Well sure, If Ortiz were were a few years younger, at least 15lbs lighter and a lot more intense, he’d be 3 or 4 levels above any version of Stiverne, and a huge problem for all recent Heavyweights – but that’s not the guy he’s been lately – Wilder made Malik Scott disappear before the timekeeper put the gavel down, Ortiz put up with Scott’s BS for 10 rounds – that’s nothing but a picture of desire, preparation and attitude – I need to see a lot more purpose before I believe in him again.

          • Julio

            Certainly, but I am talking about pure skill level and talent. Stiverne is nowhere near what Ortiz can do.

  • Tony Nightstick

    When the heavyweight division was King — under Dempsey, Louis, Marciano, Ali…going all the way back to John L. Sullivan — Wilder would have been damned lucky to find work as a sparring partner.

    • Billy ray cyrus

      Marciano was 5-9 185lbs he would have been shining wilders shoes in any era

      • Tony Nightstick

        More like 5’11” and usually closer to 190, but no matter. The Rock would have destroyed Wilder, and with ease.

        • Julio

          I don’t know “with ease” is accurate, but one could presume that Marciano would figure out all of his physical shortcomings against Wilder and make an example of him.

        • Billy ray cyrus

          You got a small cruiser against a super heavy. Wilder by first round destruction. That’s not close to being a fair fight

          • booyahcah29

            Wilder is 220. Holyfield, while still weighing at the cruiser limit would have killed him.

          • Julio

            You are talking about a completely and totally different class of fighter.

          • Tony Nightstick

            Balderdash, if you’ll excuse the piratical language. Wilder is the most unskilled heavyweight I’ve ever seen. Hard-hitting, yes, but he can’t even throw a punch without losing what little balance he had to begin with. Imagine how incompetent he’d be if he had to hit downward, which is what he’d try (and fail) to do against Marciano. Exploding out of his usual crouch, Rocky would pulverize Wilder’s ribs and tenderize his midsection. Kill the body and the head will die, as they say. And Wilder’s head would be pulverized by Marciano’s Suzy Q.

            Leaving aside Rocky’s ridiculously underrated skills, he’s one of the strongest and hardest-hitting punchers in the history of the heavyweight division. Besides, you’re assessing superior height and weight in a vacuum. I’m not dismissing (or even diminishing) those attributes, but they mean very little if the guy who boasts them hasn’t even the rawest skills with which to back them up.

            Wilder has done very well for himself against glorified barroom bouncers, but against one of the best heavyweights in the history of the sport? Come on.

            The whole heavyweight division stinks, and Deontay Wilder is no small source of the aroma.

          • Terry Cochran

            It wouldn’t be a first round destruction. Might have taken Marciano four to six rounds to KO Wilder. The size of a man is not necessarily what dictates his punching power. Marciano knocked out Walcott and others who were 210 – 225 pounds.

          • Terry Cochran

            It wouldn’t be a first round destruction. Might have taken Marciano four to six rounds to KO Wilder. The size of a man is not necessarily what dictates his punching power. Marciano knocked out Walcott and others who were 210 – 225 pounds.

          • Floridastorm

            Hmmmmmm. I seem to remember that a guy by the name of Tyson was considered a small heavyweight. Didn’t keep him from destroying opponents that were all much taller and heavier than Mike. Just because Wilder is 6′ 7″ does not mean that he has that much of an advantage over powerhouse punchers who are 7 or 8 inches shorter. The chin is not protected by height.

      • booyahcah29

        Guys like Tommy Morrison would have kod Wilder. Morrison at his best might have killed him. He would haven been a sparring partner in the late 90s.

        • Billy ray cyrus

          Tommy Morrison? Come on now. Wilder is not a great heavyweight but Morrison was a bum no way he last 5 rounds

          • booyahcah29

            You lack heavyweight knowledge my friend if you believe that. Watch some Morrison fights. He kod guys better than the bums wilder feasted on. He beat fighters that were much better than wilder. He was much more skilled, had the faster hands and more power. The Duke would catch him with a short hook and night night.

        • Julio

          Tommy certainly would have the proverbial’s puncher’s chance combined with his decent skill-set, but if a total bum like Bentt knocked him out, I don’t see how Wilder couldn’t do the same. Morrison had 0 chin.

  • jebib

    I believe that the only top heavyweight with a deep resume is Klitchko. None of the. “Top Heavyweights” fight with any sense of urgency. I’m not referring to their style but the frequency of their fights. Tyson fought with urgency both ways. Ortiz may fight with the urgency I offer. Perhaps a championship belt is evidence of the best managed fighter as opposed to the best fighter?

    • Chris

      You’re right about Klitchck’s recordo but things look very positive from the young guns ,, Joshua and Parker are willing to fight and their management let them . Fury if he comes back ain’t scared of no one .

      Dillan Whyte will fight any one as will Ortiz and Dave Allen 😉 (that guy is fearless)

      Just need Wilder, Pulev, Haye and Miller to grow a pair rather than hanging round waiting for a Joshua Wembly cash out. Those four should be forced into a tournament all on their own and only let the winner out 😉 .

      Kudos for Washington stepping up.

      • jebib

        I can’t argue your point. But I’m chained to the TV and with the exception of Ortiz I haven’t seen any of them with the exception of Joshua once. I wonder why Showtime/HBO doesn’t market them more aggressively?

  • Shawn

    I’m not certain that the stoppage was from a perfectly clear point of view, at least from a television perspective.

    What was Wilder doing seconds from the stoppage ? It appears some type of windmill technique. The production crew was keen enough not to replay that for some reason.

    Wilder, im sure is a decent guy but he’s a horrible representative of the heavyweight division.

    • Terry Cochran

      Wilder is trying too hard to be the peoples champion. His antics take away from the dignity of his title. People who are boxing fans don;t care about the fighter’s big smile, playfulness or attempts at charm. What we want to see is someone who concentrates on his craft.

      • Julio

        Precisely because Wilder is not concentrating enough on his craft is why fans don’t care about his off the ring heroics. Back in the day nobody gave a hoot about all the stuff Mike Tyson did because he delivered in a big way. Quite the contrary, they embraced it.

      • Shawn

        Wilders PR people should keep him away from the Mic. If it’s completely unavoidable – have it scripted and a teleprompter set up. Wilder speaking is definitely bringing back that old stigma about boxers – I don’t wanna get totally disrespectful so I’ll leave at that – I’m a “gentlemans”

  • Shawn

    I’m not certain that the stoppage was from a perfectly clear point of view, at least from a television perspective.

    What was Wilder doing seconds from the stoppage ? It appears some type of windmill technique. The production crew was keen enough not to replay that for some reason.

    Wilder, im sure is a decent guy but he’s a horrible representative of the heavyweight division.

  • booyahcah29

    Wilder is so average. Sloppy. Throws wide shots. If Washington had any kind of chin, could have been interesting. Pretty embarrassing to get outboxed by a guy with zero balance an footwork. All he had was a decent jab. Before Washington got hit with that right, it was like he just froze after grabbing his left hand. Weird. Terrible reflexes. Anyways, congrats wilder. Stay protected. Joshua makes quick work of him. Too skilled. It’s a shame the fight with Povetkin never happened. Still think he would have lost.

  • D Johnson

    The hate on Wilder is laughable! premature stoppage my ass. Did anyone see Washington stumbling across the ring after the ref grabbed Wilder? I’d definitely make Joshua the favorite against Wilder but if peeps don’t think he has a chance in that fight, they are mistaken. IMO

    • booyahcah29

      1 percent chance. Still a chance though.

      • D Johnson

        Lol I’d say a little better than that.

        • booyahcah29

          You got me, 2 percent.

  • Terry Cochran

    Wilder’s boxing skills in the Stiverne fight were pretty good. So he does have them but for some reason has chosen to not use the,. Against Joshua he will need to once again use those skills. I believe Wilder is smart enough to know that a fight with Joshua will be hard to win and dangerous otherwise.

  • Dee Money

    So I rewatched the fight, in the first 3 rounds (outside of check shots in the clutch) Wilder only threw four rights to the head. He basically just threw touch jabs for the first 3 rounds. Beginning in rd 4, he became a little more lively, landed some good shots to the body, and then rd 5 got the KO.
    So I guess there are two likely reasons:

    1) He either went from being completely befuddled to the point where he wouldn’t even attempt use his most formidable weapon to all of a sudden remembering that he had a right hand and to throw it.

    or

    2) He hasn’t fought in nearly a year and wanted to get some live rounds against an opponent with size, and work on his jab and defense. After getting 3 rds out of the way he decided to do his thing.

    I’m not gonna claim this guy is Ali part II or anything, but it seems more likely that he was just being patient and getting work, as opposed to being someone capable of making brilliant mid fight adjustments.

  • Dee Money

    So I rewatched the fight, in the first 3 rounds (outside of check shots in the clutch) Wilder only threw four rights to the head. He basically just threw touch jabs for the first 3 rounds. Beginning in rd 4, he became a little more lively, landed some good shots to the body, and then rd 5 got the KO.
    So I guess there are two likely reasons:

    1) He either went from being completely befuddled to the point where he wouldn’t even attempt use his most formidable weapon to all of a sudden remembering that he had a right hand and to throw it.

    or

    2) He hasn’t fought in nearly a year and wanted to get some live rounds against an opponent with size, and work on his jab and defense. After getting 3 rds out of the way he decided to do his thing.

    I’m not gonna claim this guy is Ali part II or anything, but it seems more likely that he was just being patient and getting work, as opposed to being someone capable of making brilliant mid fight adjustments.

  • RayK

    This guy has a foot+ on me and I’ve got thicker legs!

  • Cousin Strawberry

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