Gerald Washington is a tall, athletic fighter with good size and power. I don't have the physical advantages and it'll make the fight exciting. It's two tall, athletic guys going at each other. It's going to be an even playing field and there's nothing like seeing a tall man go 'timber'."
These were the words of WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder as he talked with the press at Skyy Boxing in Northport, Alabama on February 14th. The event was a media workout designed to hype Wilder's upcoming title defense against Washington at Legacy Area at The BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama on February 25th.
It was a typical media appearance for Wilder, although this will be his first fight since breaking his hand and tearing his bicep in a victory against Chris Arreola back in September. Wilder was his usual confident and talkative self, and he discussed a wide range of topics including Washington stepping up as a replacement for the fight's original challenger, the effects of the hand and bicep injuries, and the recent judgement won against Russian fighter Alexander Povetkin.
Wilder had strong words for Povetkin and any other fighter suspected of or caught using performance enhancing drugs. Still, the main focus was on Washington and the fight he will bring Wilder in Birmingham.
When asked about Washington's approach and confidence going into the fight, Wilder added, "Washington doesn't know what's coming for him. I think he's overwhelmed with the excitement of having the opportunity to fight for a world title. He said a lot of similar things that I said coming up, but I don't think he knows what February 25 has in store for him. He's facing one of the most dangerous fighters in the division and I'm glad that he's saying he's ready."
Once Wilder finished talking with the media, he took some time to do a brief workout in the ring. For someone coming off an injury, the champion looked at ease and focused on the task at hand. Even though Washington is a step up from Wilder's previously scheduled opponent, the fight should be another W on Wilder's record and, as Wilder alluded to throughout the workout, the first real step into unifying the belts in boxing's heavyweight division.
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