PBC on Fox Deontay Wilder KOs Gerald Washington in Round 5

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February 25, 2017

In the knockout that ended it all, the “Bronze Bomber” Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37KOs), remains undefeated, safekeeping the WBC Heavyweight championship belt. Wilder stopped former USC tight and defensive end, Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (18-1,1, 12KOs) 1:45 into the 5th round. The matchup seemed different from Wilders previous fights, with this opponent not being intimidated by a taller Wilder. With only 25-days to prep for the night’s event, Washington maintained ring generalship, and appeared to be the sharper; more aggressive of the two. Wilder initially seemed to sit on right-hand, giving the fight away as he was stalked and chumped around the ring. The early rounds had a seemingly gassed Wilder, being chipped away, round by round. However, In the blink of an eye, one short right hand to the left of Washington’s skull, ended the fight. Something deep inside Wilder was unleashed in lethal fashion, stunning the Alabama crowd, and Washington, who had a comfortable lead.

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Jarret “Swift” Hurd (20-0, 14KO), captured the vacated IBF junior middleweight belt formerly held by Jermell Charlo. “Swift”, losing the match in the early rounds, narrowed the point spread, chopping his more skilled opponent, Tony Harrison (24-2, 20KOs) down. Hurd, who was down 5-0 on the Fox Sports unofficial scorecard, began digging in his shots, on an apparent washed out Harrison. The bout was waved off 2:24 into the 9th.

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After a career defining loss against Anthony Joshua, back in June of 2016, Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (18-1, 16KOs) showed heart coming off the mat to KO undefeated heavyweight prospect, Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-1,14KOs). Ugonoh controlled the first 2 rounds, setting off stiff double- jabs, against a sluggish Breazeale. The 3rd round Breazeale would hit the mat, only to trade positions with Ugonoh. Breazeale would cock his right, sending his contender through the ropes. Referee Jeff Dodson called the bout 50 seconds into the 5th round.

Bombs Away…Wilder defeats Arreola by TKO in Round 8

When: Saturday evening, July 16, 2016

Venue: Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Bommmb Squaaaaaaad! The Alabama Summer heat and humidity paled in comparison to the intensity inside the Legacy Arena, Saturday night. The fight shown courtesy of Premiere Boxing Champions (PBC) on Fox network featured WBC Heavyweight Champion, Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36KOs) and Los Angeles native Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-5-1, 31KOs).  Wilder showcased a stiff left jab for most of the fight. He landed a fierce right hand which sent Arreola to the canvass in Round 4. Arreola would recover but his nightmare would not come to the end until the eight round when his corner call the fight at the end of Round 8. Wilder later revealed during his post fight interview, he fought Arreola, with broken right hand, and possibly torn bicep.

Erickson the “Hammer” Lubin (16-0 11KOs) maintains his stellar perfect record, after a one-sided win against, Ivan “Terrible” Montero (20-2, 8KOs). Lubin stayed busy during the 8-round matchup, sticking straight shots to the body and keeping the action close. The end of round 4, referee Flynn Gerald, doles out his second warning to Lubin, for low blows. The scores were: 80-72×3

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The Alabama commission reexamines earlier scores, changing a majority draw into a unanimous decision win, for welterweight contender, Felix Diaz (18-1, 8KOs). It seems there was some confusion after referee Keith Hughes deducted a point, in the 10th round after Sammy Vasquez (21-1, 15KOs) lost his mouthpiece, for the third time. The 2008 Olympic Gold medalist (Dominican Republic) Diaz had to prove his fight game is developed enough to stay in the professional arena after an October 2015 loss to Lamont Peterson (33-3-1, 17KOs). By the third round, Diaz showed more of his Olympic vigor landing substantial combinations against the overmatched Vasquez. The end of round 8 saw Diaz open a huge gash on the Vasquez’s right lip. Although, the punch stats had the fighters landing a similar number of punches, Diaz was more effective as evident by Vasquez’s face. The scores were 96-93, 95-94×2.