Last Saturday we saw the return of undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder as he took out hopeful challenger Gerald Washington in the 5th round.
This is Wilder’s first time back in action since tearing his bicep and breaking his hand against Chris Arreola in the middle of 2016. He was not as impressive as he would have liked, especially considering the level of opposition he was facing wasn’t world class.
Wilder looked troubled throughout the fight and Washington’s ability to move his head out the way of Wilder’s shots left him puzzled. In the 5th round Wilder did what Wilder does best and relied on his incredible one punch power and sent Washington to the canvas. He got up and then seconds later the referee waved it off.
The WBC have today ordered that the next mandatory challenger for Deontay’s green and gold strap will be Bermane Stiverne, for the second time. Wilder took the WBC title away from Stiverne several years ago, and was the only man to ever last the distance in all of Wilder’s 38 fights.
This is however a bit of a blow for boxing fans as Wilder’s lack of world class opposition is starting to become boring. People can appreciate the power he possesses, but the fighters he is pitched against are quite comical, and this rematch does nothing for his career.
He continues to say how badly he wants unification fights and wants all the big names, but his actions show nothing of the same.