Four wins over heavyweight gatekeepers has prepared Gerald Washington to begin the inevitable climb up to facing some of the bigger names in the division.
The 33 year-old, who stands 6ft 6ins tall and is undefeated in 16 fights, has overcome Jason Gavern, Mike Sheppard, Nagy Aguilera and Travis Walker in the past year and is now on the lookout for a sterner test after a some time off.
“I’m looking to fight sometime within the next two months and my team is working out something good – stand by,” Washington told World Boxing News.
“This time off has been a blessing in disguise and has given me plenty to time to sharpen my skills and prepare for the next level of competition. There will be no more Mr. Nice guy and I’m coming with bad intentions. My ring I.Q and confidence is on another level and I’m taking these guys out one by one – knockouts!
“I feel that I am ready to compete with the best in the world. Earlier in my career I was in such a rush to get to the top spot but now understand that a true champion must be developed in order to retain his throne.”
Washington is in a group of heavyweights who are looking to take over at the top, alongside the likes of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Taishan Dong, Andy Ruiz Jr, Joseph Parker and Lucas Browne – all of whom are aiming to follow Wladimir Klitschko as the ruler of the division.
“I love all the new talent that emerging in the heavyweight division. I see some great matchups coming in the near future. Excitement will once again be a part of the heavyweight division and I believe anyone can be champion if they put in the work. I’m putting in the work and the heavyweight division will be mine,” he predicted.
Washington continued: “I want to fight the best boxers in the world. To be the best, you must beat the best. Once I take over the number one spot in the United States, I want to be a worldwide champion and fight all over the world.
“I hope to be fighting top competition and aligning myself for a world title opportunity. I am El Gallo Negro – Champion On The Rise.”