Preview this weekend’s boxing headliner on Fox with Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in action.
Saturday night, Premier Boxing Champions is back on Fox with a Heavyweight fight that pits Deontay Wilder (37-0; 36 KO) against Gerald Washington (18-0-1; 12 KO). This is a title fight for Wilder’s WBC Heavyweight belt; Ring Magazine ranks Wilder as the sport’s #2 Heavyweight contender with Washington unranked. PBC Boxing Wilder vs. Washington airs live this Saturday, February 25 on Fox with a fight time of 8:00 p.m. ET. Also included on the broadcast is Tony Harrison vs. Jarrett Hurd.
How do these two stack up?
Wilder: 31 years old | 6’7” | 83″ reach | orthodox stance
Washington: 34 years old | 6’6″ | 82″ reach | orthodox stance
What have these two done recently?
Wilder: W – Chris Arreola (TD) | W – Artur Szpilka (TKO) | W – Johann Duhaupas (TKO)
Washington: W – Ray Austin (KO) | W – Eddie Chambers (UD) | D – Amir Mansour (SD)
How did these two get here?
Deontay Wilder is the undefeated champion with a very impressive 97% KO ratio. In today’s Heavyweight landscape, he stands next to Anthony Joshua as the most exciting of the next generation Heavyweights, and like Joshua, he’s looking to stake his claim as the division’s clear cut #1. He had a long stretch of fighting carefully selected opponents, but took a step up in level in 2015 when he faced Bermane Stiverne. He’s probably ready for the next step, which should hopefully put him in there with top 10 opponents moving forward. Wilder was scheduled to face the top 10 ranked Alexander Povetkin last year, but Povetkin failed a drug test and the fight was cancelled. Wilder recently won a court case, suing Povetkin and his team for breach of contract.
Gerald Washington is a replacement for original opponent Andrzej Wawrzyk, who also failed a drug test. He has a decent record on paper, but it’s pretty inflated with uninspiring names. His biggest win is over former title contender Eddie Chambers, but that’s not much to hang your hat on. And honestly, that’s about all there is to him here. He’s just a guy, fought in to fight a champion.
What can fans expect?
Washington is very clearly out matched here – Wilder is currently listed as a -2000 favorite. The only pieces of intrigue here are that Wilder has been out for awhile, and that Washington is a pretty big guy who can punch. Given that, I expect Wilder to start a bit slower and be cautious in the beginning, then turn the heat up and get Washington away somewhere around the midway point.
Prediction: Wilder, KO5
Who should watch?
Fans who are following every move of the Heavyweight division, or fans just looking for some skull-shaking KO action. Harrison vs. Hurd is a solid fight though, so if you do check out this card, tune in early for that one.