Knockout artist Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) showed that his punching power in his surgically repaired right hand is still very much still there last Saturday night in his 5th round knockout win over Gerald Wadhington (18-1-1, 12 KOs) at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
The U.S fans had the pleasure of seeing the Wilder-Washington fight on free TV on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox and Fox Deportes last night. There were a lot of Wilder’s fans that showed up to see him battle the 6’7” Washington. 12,346 fans showed up to watch the fight. There wasn’t much to see from the 31-year-old Wilder through the first four rounds, as he did very little with his offense. Wilder changed things in the 5th, as he landed a big right to the head of Washington that had him out on his feet.
Wilder then poleaxed the 34-year-old Washington with a left hand. Washington looked in bad shape when he got to his feet. Never the less, Washington let the referee Jeff Dodson know that he was willing to continue fighting. Wilder went after Washington, throwing wild windmill shots that mostly missed their target. However, at least two of the big shots landed and knocked Washington into the ropes.
The referee then stopped fight, even though Wilder was still throwing wild shots that were missing all over the place. Wilder seemed to have lost control of his boxing skills in the final moments of the fight. I’m not sure why Wilder fights like this when he gets hi opponents hurt, because he leaves himself wide open to counter shots, and he’s mostly missing badly with his punches.
“I knew he was going to come in excited to fight for a world title,” said Wilder. I just kept calm and found my rhythm. I really knew he was going to tire out, and when he did I took advantage. “It was all about timing. I’m very smart when it comes to using different tactics in the ring.”
Wilder could be facing Joseph Parker in his next fight. We’ll have to see if Parker is successful in defending his WBO heavyweight title against Hughie Parker on April 1. Wilder would have a good chance of beating Parker if that fight gets made, but there will always be a chance of Wilder losing due to his sloppy style of fighting.
Wilder’s main problem against Washington wasn’t him being sloppy. It was his reluctance to throw punches. Wilder appeared to be afraid to throw shots. He still ended up getting positive results after he hurt Washington with a bone-crushing right hand to the head in the 5th, but he wasted a lot of time up until then. The boxing fans were still mostly happy that their hero Wilder got the win, but he looked awful for the most part.