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Wilder Weighs in at 222 Pounds; Washington Weighs 239

By Keith Idec, photo by PBC

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Whether Gerald Washington figuratively is big enough for this moment remains to be seen.

He is plenty big enough in the literal sense.

The 6-feet-6 Washington weighed in at 239 pounds Friday afternoon for his shot at WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on Saturday night. The 6-feet-7 Wilder weighed in at 222 pounds for the fifth defense of a championship he won by beating Bermane Stiverne two years ago in Las Vegas.

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Wilder’s weight Friday was his lowest since he tipped the scales at 219 for the Stiverne fight.

Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs), a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist from nearby Tuscaloosa, is now a 22-1 favorite entering a fight FOX will televise from Legacy Arena in Birmingham. The 34-year-old Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs), a former USC football player, replaced Poland’s Andrzej Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KOs) as Wilder’s opponent last month because Wawrzyk failed a test for a performance-enhancing drug.

The 31-year-old Wilder will fight for the first time since he had separate surgeries to repair his fractured right hand and torn right biceps six months ago.

Also at the scales Friday, Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd made weight for their 12-round fight for the vacant IBF junior middleweight championship on the Wilder-Washington undercard.

Detroit’s Harrison (24-1, 20 KOs), the IBF’s No. 2 contender, weighed 153.6 pounds. The third-ranked Hurd (19-0, 13 KOs), of Accokeek, Maryland, weighed in at 153 pounds even.

Earlier Friday, intriguing Polish prospect Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-0, 14 KOs) weighed in at 230.6 pounds for his 10-round heavyweight fight against Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs). Breazeale, of Eastvale, California, weighed 263 pounds, eight more than he weighed for his last fight – a seventh-round technical knockout loss to unbeaten IBF champion Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) on June 25 in London.

This FOX tripleheader is scheduled to start Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lefthooklead on 02-24-2017

[QUOTE=Sadiqkingofko;17450691]I say that Wilder has great power because of the way he stops his opponents, he puts them to sleep but I could be wrong, I still think tho Haye is the hardest puncher in the heavyweight division, second is…

Comment by Sadiqkingofko on 02-24-2017

[QUOTE=yammy25;17450615]Yes but what Im saying is, I have seen you yourself state that Deontay has some of the biggest power the HW division has ever seen. he took 9 to get rid of molina, AJ took 3. He took 4…

Comment by yammy25 on 02-24-2017

[QUOTE=Sadiqkingofko;17450592]Joshua's power is 10/10, his best KO as you said came against Kevin Johnson, but Molina was stopped twice in the first round before fighting Joshua[/QUOTE] Yes but what Im saying is, I have seen you yourself state that Deontay…

Comment by Sadiqkingofko on 02-24-2017

[QUOTE=yammy25;17450557]Hang on.. he aint special but Kevin Johnson was never Ko'd in his career and he fought some big punchers and a decent vitali. He was one of the most durable chins ive seen for the punishment he took. Joshua…

Comment by yammy25 on 02-24-2017

[QUOTE=Sadiqkingofko;17450515]We honestly don't know about either yet, Joshua is yet to KO anyone special and neither has Ugonoh, and if Ugonoh just walks through Breazeale in a couple of rounds he might pack a bigger punch than Joshua, cause Joshua…

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