Wilder Wins with Sudden Surge in Fifth

The WBC heavyweight title bout between Deontay Wilder and Gerald Washington started slow, and when the fifth round came around, it looked like Washington might actually pull off what some felt would be impossible.

Then, Wilder unleashed his surgically repaired right hand. And not long after, Wilder officially retained his WBC heavyweight championship with a fifth-round TKO.

There was not much action in the first two rounds. Washington, however, successfully utilized a solid jab to take rounds three and four. In fact, on some scorecards, Washington was up four rounds to none entering the fifth round.

But then, Wilder unleashed his right hand. One shot with it, and Washington was down early on in the fifth. Washington was able to get back up, but Wilder swung away, and Washington couldn’t handle it. The referee called the bout at the 1:45 mark of round five.

Post fight, Wilder explained how he was able to set up the knockout victory.

Wilder now looks for a unification bout with another heavyweight champion, including Joseph Parker, or the winner of Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko.

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