Deontay Wilder proved his surgically repaired right hand is still a devastating force — once he unleashed it. Wilder returned from right arm injuries to stop Gerald Washington in the fifth round and retain his WBC heavyweight title Saturday night in a fight that heated up quickly after a quiet start. Wilder (38-0, 37 knockouts) seemed mostly cautious with his right in the early rounds but staggered Washington (18-1-1) and sent him down with a hard one followed by a left in the fifth at Legacy Arena.
Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley retained his belt at UFC 205 in his first title defense against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, but he didn't win the fight. On March 4, Woodley and Thompson will rematch in the UFC 209 main event in Las Vegas to settle what started in November. “I think the rematch is happening because the last fight was a draw,” Woodley said during the UFC 209 media conference call.
“They keep throwing the Conor McGregor name out there. Conor McGregor: I’m here, let’s make it happen,” said Mayweather. Mayweather was then asked why boxing fans should believe McGregor, who is an MMA fighter, could actually give the 49-0 Mayweather a good fight. “Every time Conor McGregor goes out there and competes and wins, he does it standing up. When Conor McGregor did lose, he lost on the ground. He didn’t lose standing up. So he’s a hell of a fighter and he’s a very tough competitor, and he has the will to win,” said Mayweather. He then dismissed the notion that McGregor wouldn’t be dangerous with larger boxing gloves. “UFC gloves are no different from boxing gloves — they’re just a little