World Boxing Council heavyweight title challenger Gerald Washington holds an advantage of seventeen pounds over current champion Deontay Wilder heading into their Alabama clash this Saturday night.
Washington tipped the scales at a recent average of 239 pounds for his first world title fight, whilst Wilder came in a 222 pounds, his lightest since being a challenger himself against Bermane Stiverne in 2015.
Prior to their fight, Wilder said: “When I get in the ring I am the Bronze Bomber. And the Bronze Bomber, he is a different person. I am glad I am so happy that I can change between the Bronze Bomber and Deontay Wilder. Some people can’t.
“If Bronze Bomber got loose in the streets it won’t be something nice. When I am in the ring all I think about is knocking my opponent’s head off. Getting him out of there. Hurting him. Putting pain to him. I will have no mercy. I will have no pity.
“Until I knock him out or do what I got to do that’s when I feel sympathy for my fighters because, I know they have a family. I know there is somebody’s son or sometimes be the father. I understand that. I am a family person as well too.
“But they are in front of me on their feet it is a different story. And I have been mentally, I am always mentally strong over all these fighters. I really feel that I can’t be beat. That is just the mentality I have.
“Knowing that every man can be beat we are not immortal. Nobody is God but that is just the mentality I bring in the ring that I am the lion of this jungle. I call the ring the jungle. I am the king of it.
“And I approach myself accordingly like that. I am very vicious in the ring. I am a savage in the ring. I have no remorse for fighters in the ring. I really do that because this is the hurt business. You are trying to do the same thing to me what I am trying to do to him. And that is win.
“And when it is winning you do whatever it takes. By all means necessary to win. And that is what I go in there too.
“So it is a lot of things I could say but overall I think my mental state of mind. I think my mental state of mind is always stronger.”