WBC heavyweight champ Wilder wins again, and now he waits

(AP PhotoAlbert Cesare)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) 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 his return from surgeries to repair a broken right hand and torn right biceps. Much more marketable matchups potentially await, eventually.