Wilder stops Washington, Hurd wins title
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder knocked out in the fifth round of an exciting world title fight from Birmingham, Alabama. Washington appeared to be outboxing Wilder until a big right hand landed and dropped Washington. Washington got up and was fighting back, but the referee looked a bit eager to jump in and call a stop to the fight.
After the fight, Wilder called out Joseph Parker for a unification bout.
The vacant IBF junior middleweight belt now has a home as Jarrett Hurd (19-0, 13 KO) stopped Tony Harrison (24-1, 20 KO) in the ninth round after a bizarre sequence. Harrison outboxed Hurd for seven rounds, but began to tire. In the eighth, Harrison was noticeably tired and hurt by a punch at the end of the round. Harrison was then dropped in the ninth, attempting to get up, but spit his mouth piece out at nine hoping to get more time, but the ref waived the bout.
In a wild opening television bout, 2012 U.S. heavyweight Olympian Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KO) was pushed to limit with Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-1, 14 KO) in a very fun television fight that saw Breazeale win by fifth round KO. Ugonoh seemingly was winning as he dropped Breazeale in the fourth round only for Breazeale to return the favor in the next round as Breazeale dropped Ugonoh twice in the fifth. The second knockdown, Ugonoh could not get up from.