Wilder waits for next fight
Deontay Wilder has taken the first step toward claiming another heavyweight title belt by year’s end. Now, all the WBC champion can do is wait and hope for a much more high-profile fight than he’s had lately. Wilder stopped challenger Gerald Washington in the fifth round Saturday night at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala., in his return from surgeries to repair a broken right hand and torn right biceps. WBO champion Joseph Parker, who was ringside for Wilder’s fight, is scheduled to fight Hughie Fury though a date hasn’t been announced. Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko meet April 29 at London’s Wembley Stadium for Joshua’s IBF title and the vacant WBA crown. Wilder (38-0, 37 knockouts) has clearly targeted Parker (22-0, 18 KOs) for a summer bout that would mark his sixth title defense.