Wilder waits for next fight

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

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.

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