Get full results from Deontay Wilder vs. Gerald Washington on PBC here.
The PBC on Fox main event seemed to be booked in order to showcase Deontay Wilder. Wilder was there to defend his title against Gerald Washington and extend his KO streak in front of a very partisan hometown crowd. In the end, he did just that, but it was a tough road to get there.
For the first four rounds, Wilder looked decidedly off. Whether it was nerves in front of his fans, struggles after returning from a pair of injuries, or some other factors, this was not the Deontay Wilder we expected to see. His volume was quite low, as he allowed Washington to outland him. Wilder began working the body nicely in round 4, but was potentially down 4-0 heading into the 5th.
Then, in round 5, Wilder landed one hard shot and the fight was essentially over. Washington was hurt, Wilder swarmed, and never let him back in the fight, trapping him against the ropes and unleashing power shots. After some strange hesitation on his part, the referee finally stepped in and waved things off, giving the champion his 37th KO win in 38 fights.
On the one hand, it’s not a fight that will make the Wilder detractors out there see him as a true world champion level talent. On the other hand, he reminded everyone that real power can be a game-changer.
Also on card, Dominic Breazeale and Jarret Hurd scored a pair of good KOs in very entertaining fights.