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.
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.
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.