The 28 year-old hurt Gavern in every round, dropping him in the third and fourth before his corner pulled him out at the end of the session. Ending the fight before the fifth began means Wilder still hasn’t gone past four rounds in his 32-fight career.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ is now awaiting a formalised date for his impending and stipulated World Boxing Council mandatory chance against Stiverne, with November or December possibilities for his eagerly-awaited shot at the newly crowned champion.
Earlier in the night, former world champion Jorge Linares moved towards a possible WBC lightweight title shot of his own with a punishing second round victory over Ira Terry, whilst Jay Quigley and Lydell Rhodes both remained undefeated by retiring their respective foes inside schedule.
Quigley, 23, forced Fernando Najera to quit on his stool after three rounds to move to 2-0 with his second straight stoppage, on the back of 26 year-old Rhodes pushing his impressive bout sheet to 22-0 as John Nater failed to come out for the fifth round of their contest.
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