Deontay Wilder, left, and Gerald Washington pose for the camera after Thursday’s news conference in Birmingham, Ala./Photo by Jennifer Hagler, Premier Boxing Champions
Gerald Washington boxed as a kid, but his size took him in a different direction – college football – where he played backup defensive end at USC. Washington couldn’t make it in the pro ranks, so he went back to the sweet science and turned pro at the tender age of 30.
Four years later, Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) finds himself in a spotlight he may not have envisioned he would ever experience – he’ll challenge Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) for his heavyweight championship on Saturday at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala. (on Fox).
“This is a dream come true,” Washington, of Vallejo, said at Thursday’s final news conference. “I started boxing as a kid, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I’ve had a long road, but now I’m here fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world. This just means so much to me.”
Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington, a former defensive end at USC, is now 8-0 after coming away with a unanimous decision over Sherman “The Tank” Williams on Saturday in an eight-round heavyweight preliminary bout at Home Depot Center.
Washington decked Williams in the second round and won by three scores of 79-72. Unfortunately for Washington, 31, he didn’t exactly win over the crowd as the boo-birds were out in force because of the overall lack of action.
Williams, of Vero Beach, Fla., is 35-13-2.