Meet Gerald Washington, Deontay Wilder’s Next Opponent

WILDER vs WASHINGTON — On Monday, Jan. 30, the LA Times confirmed the rumor that Gerald Washington had been selected as Deontay Wilder’s next opponent. Wilder was scheduled to defend his WBC world heavyweight title against Poland’s Andrzej Wawryzk on Feb. 25 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala., but that match fell out when Wawryzk failed a random drug test, testing positive for an anabolic steroid. The date and venue remain the same for Wilder-Washington which will be televised on FOX as part of the Premier Boxing Champions series.

Gerald Washington hails from Vallejo in Northern California. Following his graduation from high school, he served four years in the Navy as a helicopter mechanic. He then tried his hand at football. Recruited out of the junior college ranks, he lettered two years at USC as a backup defensive end where he was a member of two Rose Bowl winning teams. He had tryouts with the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks in the NFL, but never played in a regular season game.

Washington, now 34 years old, stands six-foot-six, an inch shorter than Deontay Wilder. Of Mexican and African descent, he chose the nickname “El Gallo Negro” – The Black Rooster. Growing up his favorite fighters were Mike Tyson and Julio Cesar Chavez. He reportedly speaks Spanish fluently, having lived for a time with his maternal grandmother in Jalisco, Mexico.

The former USC Trojan launched his pro career in 2012. In his last outing, he advanced his record to 18-0-1 (12) with a 4th round knockout of veteran Ray Austin. That fight was held here at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham on July 16 of last year on the show that featured Deontay Wilder’s title defense against Chris Arreola.

In Ray Austin, Washington was meeting a man who was 45 years old. Since graduating from the 6-round ranks, he has feasted on fighters who were long in the tooth. He has yet to defeat a ranked opponent.

The last boxer with a college football background to fight for a world heavyweight title was Dominic Breazeale who was TKOed in the seventh round by Anthony Joshua. Breazeale will also appear on the Feb. 25 show. The former University of Northern Colorado quarterback is matched against Izuagbe Ugonoh. A former world kickboxing champion who is 17-0 as a conventional boxer, Ugonoh was born and raised in Szczecin, Poland, the son of Nigerian immigrants; his parents are educators. Ugonoh fought his last seven fights in New Zealand where he was a stablemate of Joseph Parker. He currently trains in Las Vegas.

The show also includes a 12-round contest between Jarrett Hurd and Tony Harrison. The prize for the victor is a match with WBC 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo.

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COMMENTS

-Kid Blast :

Meet Wilder's next KO victim. Old, slow, little power, a plodder, a decent jab but no combos.. He is trading a payday for a brutal KO. What about Big Baby Miller or is he too busy calling out fighters who are already booked. Wilder's resume has become a joke. The only concession I'll give him was that he was willing to fight Sasha until he goy caught doping (again). Also, his win over Stiverne was fine.


-Radam G :

D-Wild is a bum scrapper. Holla!


-oubobcat :

Washington is a good athlete but suspect as a heavyweight boxer. He just looks robotic and has to think through his motions. Not very fluid in the ring. I though Mansour beat him a few years ago. In that fight, there was not a lot of action and many close rounds though I thought Mansour landed cleaner shots which should have given him the edge. Washington also fought Eddie Chambers and is anyone ever has a hard time sleeping find a video of that fight. In his two biggest fights, Washington's activity went downward sharply. He lacked confidence in both these bouts and was hesitant to let his hands go. The bout with Wilder will look identical to Joshua-Breazeale. I think Washington goes very defensive and will be unwilling to let his hands go. He may survive to the mid rounds but won't be even remotely in the contest. This will more or less be a sparring session for Wilder. Odd thing though, Washington is a step up from the other opponent Wilder was to face.


-KO Digest :

Jorge Luis Gonzalez + Michael Grant I would not bet on this underdog to come through.


-Kid Blast :

Washington is a good athlete but suspect as a heavyweight boxer. He just looks robotic and has to think through his motions. Not very fluid in the ring. I though Mansour beat him a few years ago. In that fight, there was not a lot of action and many close rounds though I thought Mansour landed cleaner shots which should have given him the edge. Washington also fought Eddie Chambers and is anyone ever has a hard time sleeping find a video of that fight. In his two biggest fights, Washington's activity went downward sharply. He lacked confidence in both these bouts and was hesitant to let his hands go. The bout with Wilder will look identical to Joshua-Breazeale. I think Washington goes very defensive and will be unwilling to let his hands go. He may survive to the mid rounds but won't be even remotely in the contest. This will more or less be a sparring session for Wilder. Odd thing though, Washington is a step up from the other opponent Wilder was to face.
Actually several steps up. Good analysis, but I predict a blow out. Maybe a first round KO. Then we can watch Hurd take out Harrison with a sharp and jolting uppercut.


-Kid Blast :

Jorge Luis Gonzalez + Michael Grant I would not bet on this underdog to come through.
Jorge Luis Gonzalez was a very fine amateur but something happened to him. Never could figure that out. Grant was a fine HS athlete from Chicago who was moved along like Toro Moreno. Then he met Bunny Brannen (aka Lennox Lewis) and that was that. Another strange career. I will say his KO over Botha remains one of the most dramatic I have ever seen and I urge you to find it and watch it. Here it is:
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH50C3ZVU-0


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Don't sleep on "El Gallo Negro." He is a live underdog!


-Radam G :

Don't sleep on "El Gallo Negro." He is a live underdog!
A live Rooster! Hehehe! I can see him doing a Buster Douglas-Mike Tyson on D-Wild. Holla!