WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is hoping a win over Gerald Washington is the first step to winning four title belts at the end of 2017.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ lost some months of his career due to failed drugs tests by mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin but is now focused on Washington before aiming for the winner of Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko’s three-belt Wembley Stadium clash.
“Povetkin is just one man. He is one out of many. I can’t focus my mind over one man out of one country doing certain things. We know certain people, certain countries that are going to attempt to do certain things,” said Wilder.
“That is why the VADA does the testing. People that is out there, the companies that is out there. That is why we hired them to do what they do.
“VADA is one of the best. They make sure everything is straight. We all want just a fair playing field. So I can’t fault, what Povetkin did towards what my goals are and accomplishments that I want to achieve.”
On the test Washington poses, Wilder added: “We take every fighter seriously no matter who they are. No matter what they have done. Even if they’re 1 and 0. They can be 0 and 1. We take them very, very, very seriously because this game is a very, very serious sport. It is the hurt business.
“People get in there and try to knock your head off I know that’s what I try to do. Knock his head off. We are taking Washington very seriously. We don’t care what kind of experience he has or where he came. We are taking him as if he is the champion and I am the challenger.
“So I always say that I never look past a fighter. But I do look through a fighter. I window shop a little bit. I don’t think that is too awful to do. Window shop a little bit.
“So when I window shop, you know, I see that whoever has the title that is what I want. Let Joshua and Klitschko do their thing.
“Win those two belts. And at the end of the year, we combine two and two. That is four belts in all in unified division. One man, one face, one title. That is Deontay Wilder. That is what I see coming,” he added.