Gerald Washington has sent a note of warning to Deontay Wilder to take him seriously or lose his world title.
Washington will take on Wilder on Sunday, February 26, challenging him for his WBC world title.
Washington didn’t get his chance in time, but he believes if Wilder underestimates him, he can cause a major upset.
“If Deontay showboats in the ring with me, I’m going to hit him in his mouth,” he said.
“Deontay better take me seriously, because I am real and I’m coming.
“I have so much to fight for and to push me and drive me towards my goal. If I focus on those things, it’ll give me everything I need to keep pushing forward.
“I’m not worried about Deontay’s knockouts. I’m going to take care of my business. I know what my job is and what my goal is. I’m putting my head down and getting to work.”
Washington was confirmed as the WBC challenger just over three weeks before the Alabama date, after initial opponent Andrzej Wawrzyk failed a drugs test.
“This fight came at the perfect time for us,” he said.
“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to compete. We’re always ready. This is our life and we love to be here.We have more than a puncher’s chance. We do a lot of different training, drills and mental work to get ready for this fight.
“Deontay has his opinion on if I’m ready, but everyone has certain tests in life they have to pass. I’m ready to test myself against the best.”