Wilder Defeats Washington & Hurd Defeats Harrison
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Tuscaloosa, Alabama (February 26th, 2017)– 18-0-1 football player turned heavyweight boxer Gerald Washington won the first four rounds against WBC World Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, ‘The Bronze Bomber’, as a late opponent, scoring with double jabs and standing even at 6’6” to Deontay’s 6’7”. Wilder did do a bit better in the fourth round as he began to up the pace.
A short right followed by a glove blocked left send Washington backwards to the canvas. After he arose, Deontay Wilder swung wildly, and mostly appeared to miss, but the referee gave him a stoppage win anyway. Washington appeared unhurt, and the bout could have run, but it was in Deontay country at Legacy Arena, and it did not go on. Deontay goes to 38-0 with 37 knockouts, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Washington, ‘El Gallo Negro’, who was no chicken and was unafraid of Wilder, falls to 18-1-1 with 12 knockouts, Vallejo, California.
Result: Deontay Wilder TKO 5 Gerald Washington, Heavyweights (1:45)
Wilder retains the World Boxing Council World Heavyweight title
Referee: Michael Griffin. Gerald Washington was down in the fifth round.
Fox Sports Commentary by Abner Mares and Virgil Hunter
Former World heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, ‘The Easton Assassin’ was at ringside
In the preliminary to the main event, Tony Harrison won the first six rounds on technical skill, jabbing and moving well. In rounds seven and eight, Harrison stopped moving, and left his left hand completely down as well, allowing Jarrett Hurd to bully him and mostly time him. In the ninth round, a short right hand sent Harrison down. He arose, appeared fine, but spit out his mouthpiece. The referee stopped the bout for no apparent reason and gave Jarrett Hurd, 20-0 with 14 knockouts, Accokeek, Maryland, the vacant IBF World Junior Middleweight title. Harrison fell to 24-2 with 20 knockouts, Detroit, Michigan.
Result: Jarrett Hurd TKO 9 Tony Harrison, Junior Middleweights (2:24)
Hurd wins the vacant International Boxing Federation World Junior Middleweight title
Referee; Jim Korb. Tony Harrison was down in the ninth round.
In Harrison’s only other loss, to Willie Nelson, Harrison also lost in the ninth round.
Other Major Saturday Evening Fight Results Around the World
Dominic Breazeale TKO 5 Izu Ugonoh, Heavyweights (0:50)
Slugfest! Breazeale down in fourth round. Ugonoh down in third round and twice in fifth round. Ugonoh’s third knockdown sent him through the ring ropes and onto the ring apron, ending the contest. Referee; Jeff Dodson
Krzysztof Zimnoch TKO 6 Mike Mollo, Heavyweights
Mollo was down in the second round.
Demetrius Banks Win Split Decision 8 Craig Lewis, Heavyweights
Banks and Lewis took each other on an unpleasant toe to toe eight round trip to hell.
Banks wins vacant Michigan Heavyweight title
Scoring: 77-75. 77-75 Banks. 78-74 Lewis.
Rey Vargas Win Majority Decision 12 Gavin
McDonnell, Super Bantamweights
Vargas wins vacant World Boxing Council Super Bantamweight title
Scoring: 117-111, 116-112 Vargas. 114-114 Draw.
Iago Kiladze KO 1 Byron Polley, heavyweights (2:11)
Polley down twice in first. Bout ends with Polley counted out, down and out on his back. Kiladze is now 25-1 with 17 knockouts.
Junior Far TKO 3 Keith Barr, heavyweights (2:36)
10-0 Fa, 6’5” New Zealander, knocked down Barr in second round, twice in third round.
Deontay Wilder Scores Sensational Fifth Round KO Over
Gerald Washington To Retain Heavyweight World Title
Jarrett Hurd Defeats Tony Harrison By Ninth Round KO To
Secure IBF Junior Middleweight Title
Dominic Breazeale Stops Izuagbe Ugonoh In Action-Packed
Brawl To Win by Fifth Round KO
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BIRMINGHAM, AL. (February 25, 2017) – Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) knocked out Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (18-1-1, 12 KOs) in the fifth round of the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL.
In front of a crowd of 12,346 fans, Wilder was able to give his home state crowd another scintillating victory. Although Washington stole some of the early rounds, Wilder’s patience paid off as he was able to find his pace and finish Washington in the fifth frame.
In the blistering televised opener, Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-1, 14 KOs). Ugonoh controlled the fight early landing heavy blows to both Breazeale’s body and head, but Breazeale was able to compose himself and stormed back to knock out Ugonoh in impressive fashion.
The co-main event featured Jarrett Hurd (20-0, 14 KOs) knocking out Tony Harrison (24-2, 20 KOs) in the ninth round of their contest.
Here is what the fighters had to say following their bouts:
“I knew he was going to come in excited to fight for a world title. 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.
“Fighting here in Alabama is a blessing. The people here show up to support me and I love them for it. I’m always going to support and be here for my Alabama family. To see the crowd’s response tonight meant a lot to me.
“As I’ve been saying, I’m looking to unify the division. I think it’s critical to have one fighter and one champion, and that’s Deontay Wilder. Let’s hope Joseph Parker is ready for me because I’m definitely ready for him.”
“I just got a little impatient. I was trying to go for it. It was an even boxing match. I could have kept it like that and kept it boring. I don’t know why I fell asleep there. I guess I lost a little focus.
“I caught him with one shot when he was coming in. But instead of me keeping that play going and keep pushing him back and keep him in control by keeping him in the center of the ring, I tried to get on him. I was trying to play a little counter punch role and catch him coming in. He just caught me.
“It’s just an experience. You have to follow the game plan and stay focused, stay patient. You may not get all the shots you want in the beginning, but you have to play the game all the way out and then things will start to happen.”
“We wanted to take our time with him because Harrison can box and move. But every time he fights he wears down toward the end.
“During the sixth round, he caught me with a good shot inside my left eye. But I managed to fight through it and get the win.
“It feels great to be a champion. I’ve never had a feeling this great before. It’s pure Accokeek power. I can finally pull my pants up now. My pants were falling down, but I finally got my belt.”
“It took a little time for me to find my pace, but eventually I found my Rhythm. Izu came in in great shape and with guns blazing. He came at me with some stuff that I wasn’t expecting. Him being the lighter guy I wasn’t really expecting the power he possessed.
“I was able to connect some big shots tonight, especially with my right hand. You see what happens when I put him down and he never really recovered.
“Coming off the loss to Joshua, this win puts me right back in there. This is what I’ve always asked for. My team does an incredible job of getting me any fight I ask for, and I wanted to fight an undefeated guy like Izu. He’s a big, strong, athletic guy.
“Tonight, the story was about me having the heart of a lion, getting knocked down, but getting right back up to finish this fight.”
“I expected that I was going to knock him out. I believed I would accomplish that, but he didn’t surprise me with anything. I was landing some good shots to both his body and his face.
“Breazeale showed a lot of heart though, and I think that his experience really helped him. I think a fight like Anthony Joshua really helped him realize that he could take anything and win the fight. He did that tonight.
“Honestly, I just got tired. I gave him what I had and then I got tired. When he came back at me I wasn’t able to keep up and finish through on my game plan.
“The plan was to really use my double jab, and I’m not making any excuses. This is the fight game. This was a great opportunity for me, a big step up, and I was hoping to get it done. I didn’t, but that is part of sports. I’m not used to losing, but that time came today. I’m still a dangerous man to fight.”