WBC heavyweight champion of the world Deontay Wilder’s next opponent is now confirmed for February 25th.

It is part of a fairly solid early PBC schedule to 2017 thus far, too.

Following surgery last year after his last win against Chris Arreola the ‘Bronze Bomber’ will return to action in his home State when he competes again at the Legacy Arena at Birmingham, Alabama.

It will be the fourth time in his last five fights that he’s fought there since winning the title.

His opponent Gerald Washington is a former USC American football player and has a professional boxing record of 18-0-1 (12KO).

The main names on his record that might be familiar with US and UK fight fans would be the likes of Ray Austin, Jason Gavern and Eddie Chambers – whom Washington holds wins over since 2015.

But Wilder will be expected to win this bout and in some style.

Having had significant surgery on his biceps late last year, his return to the ring and healing has been pretty fast though, in fairness.

We didn’t expect him to dive into a massive fight straight away following the level of surgery he had, but should he come through this test, he knows that the mega fights are there for him in the summer and later in 2017.

The heavyweight division has never been more wide open than it is now.

For more than a decade and a bit. At least.

For those not familiar with Deontay Wilder’s next fight opponent Gerald Washington, check out some of his work here via the PBC YouTube channel (hat tip and credit) from last year.

Deontay Wilder next fight opponent Gerald Washington in action: