Washington Trainer: No Problem with Stoppage Against Wilder

By Keith Idec

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Gerald Washington’s trainer didn’t dispute the stoppage of Washington’s fifth-round technical knockout loss to Deontay Wilder on Saturday night.

Referee Michael Griffin stopped their fight at 1:45 of the fifth round, after Washington was hit with multiple flush left hooks by the hard-hitting Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs). Washington got up from a knockdown moments earlier, which was caused by Wilder’s crushing right hand, but clearly was hurt when Griffin stepped in to save him from more damage.

Right after Griffin stopped their scheduled 12-round fight at Legacy Arena, a wobbled Washington stumbled across the ring and needed the ropes to help keep him from falling to the canvas again.


“I knew he could’ve kept going,” said John Pullman, Washington’s trainer. “Maybe the stoppage was a little early for my taste, but I mean, the ref’s making a gut call. Deontay Wilder’s a devastating puncher. Everybody knows that. Gerald was not all there on his legs and he stopped the fight. I mean, you can’t really say nothing about it. And if Gerald didn’t make the mistake, he never gets caught. So it’s really our fault. It’s not the referee’s fault. The referee’s just doing his job.”

Pullman also doesn’t believe the fight taking place in Wilder’s home state of Alabama had anything to do with the stoppage or the way Washington had to fight to have a chance to win in the unlikely event their scheduled 12-round fight went to the scorecards. Washington was the more active fighter during the first four rounds, but Wilder was winning on one scorecard (39-37) and the fight was even on two scorecards (38-38) when the fight was stopped.

“I’m not trying to make an excuse because it’s in Alabama,” Pullman said. “I apologize if I came off that way. Gerald just wanted to beat the champ convincingly, because that’s what you have to do, right? So maybe he got a little impatient, he loaded up a little too much, a little too excited. And it’s a big moment. He wants to be so – he’s trying a little too hard. But I’ll bet you this – Gerald will be better for this. He didn’t get beat up. He got hit with like five punches. He’ll be back.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by gabossboy on 02-26-2017

Ask your self these questions. Did Washington contest the stoppage? Was he going to fall again? Was there a back and forth type action were were both fighters were getting hurt? If he did survive would would he be blasted…

Comment by Sweet_Science_ on 02-26-2017

Griffin is a good referee. That stoppage saved Washington's career. There was enough time in the round for Wilder to have seriously hurt Washington. Imo, was a good stoppage. Washington vs Breazele would be a good scrap.

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[QUOTE=H-Tok;17456975]23k posts! i think with that BS you just posted just now, it's safe to say that its time for you to take a god damn break from the forum.[/QUOTE] He is a good poster, but the referrees needs to…

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