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Gerald Washington News
The “Gypsy King” reigns once more, dropping Wilder twice on his way to a TKO win to become the new heavyweight champion Saturday night in an epic pay-per-view.
Former world champion Antonio DeMarco gave welterweight contender Jamal James all he could handle during a 10-round war that saw James emerge victorious Saturday night on FS1.
Gerald Washington Fights
WIN vs Robert Helenius 28-2-0
Jul 13, 2019 • Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Robert Helenius LOSES to Gerald Washington by KO in Round 8 of 10
LOSS vs Adam Kownacki 20-1-0
Jan 26, 2019 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Gerald Washington by TKO in Round 2 of 10
LOSS vs Jarrell Miller 18-0-1
Jul 29, 2017 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Jarrell Miller WINS against Gerald Washington by RTD in Round 8 of 10
LOSS vs Deontay Wilder 42-1-1
Feb 25, 2017 • Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama
Deontay Wilder WINS against Gerald Washington by TKO in Round 5 of 12
Win vs Ray Austin 29-7-4
Jul 16, 2016 • Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against Ray Austin by KO in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Eddie Chambers 42-4-0
Apr 30, 2016 • StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against Eddie Chambers by UD in Round 8 of 8
Draw vs Amir Mansour 23-4-1
Oct 13, 2015 • Little Creek Resort Casino, Shelton, Washington
Gerald Washington DRAWS with Amir Mansour by DR in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Mike Sheppard 22-17-1
Dec 11, 2014 • Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against Mike Sheppard by KO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Nagy Aguilera 19-8-0
Aug 22, 2014 • Sports Center, Fairfield, California, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against Nagy Aguilera by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Travis Walker 39-11-1
Jun 27, 2014 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against Travis Walker by TKO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Skipp Scott 16-1-0
Apr 03, 2014 • Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against Skipp Scott by KO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Arron Lyons 12-14-1
Jan 24, 2014 • Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against Arron Lyons by TKO in Round 5 of 8
Win vs Travis Fulton 21-32-1
Oct 19, 2013 • Deportivo Morelos, Cuajimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Gerald Washington WINS against Travis Fulton by TKO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Jerry Forrest 7-0-0
Aug 09, 2013 • Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against Jerry Forrest by KO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Sherman Williams 35-12-2
Jun 08, 2013 • Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against Sherman Williams by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Curtis Harper 7-1-0
Mar 08, 2013 • Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against Curtis Harper by KO in Round 5 of 6
Win vs DJ Hughley 1-5-0
Jan 11, 2013 • Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against DJ Hughley by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Marcus Washington 1-0-0
Dec 08, 2012 • Business Expo Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against Marcus Washington by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Brandon Spencer 1-3-1
Nov 03, 2012 • Phoenix Club, Anaheim, California, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against Brandon Spencer by KO in Round 3 of 4
Win vs Terrance Perro 1-0-0
Sep 29, 2012 • Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against Terrance Perro by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Gary Cobia 0-1-0
Aug 24, 2012 • Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against Gary Cobia by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Eldon DeLong 0-3-0
Jul 28, 2012 • HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against Eldon DeLong by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Blue DeLong 0-3-0
Jul 28, 2012 • HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, USA
Gerald Washington WINS against Blue DeLong by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Gerald Washington Bio
Heavyweight contender Gerald Washington served in the Navy and played college football before making his pro boxing debut at the age of 30. Washington has scored some big wins over respected names as he aims to win a world title.
Gerald Washington’s backstory is as interesting as any in boxing. The product of an African-American father and a Mexican-American mother, Washington grew up in Northern California.
Heading south to Mexico when he was 13, Washington spent three months attending school, working the farm on a ranch by taking care of animals, and receiving “a lot of love and a really good grip on my people and my culture.”
The 6-foot-6 Washington returned to the U.S. and graduated from high school, then served in the Navy as a helicopter mechanic from 2000-2004. After completing his military service, Washington enrolled at Chaffey Junior College in Southern California and joined the football team.
Despite playing just one year of football in high school, Washington performed well enough to earn Junior College All-America honors as a sophomore. He then transferred in 2006 to the University of Southern California, where he lined up at tight end and defensive end.
Although injuries limited his playing time at USC, Washington got a brief look in the NFL, serving on the practice squads of the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills. When his football career fizzled, Washington turned his focus to boxing.
After just 14 amateur bouts, Washington made his pro debut with a first-round knockout of Blue DeLong in July 2012, three months after his 30th birthday.
“Having only had a handful of amateur fights, turning pro was like being a first-time driver when every moment of a fight comes down to making a decision,” said Washington.
“Your hands are on the wheel, and to get from point A to point B, you’ve got to change speeds, make turns and change lanes.”
FROM THE GRIDIRON TO THE SQUARED CIRCLE
While some might look at the violent nature inherent to both football and boxing and assume the experiences are similar, Washington said that’s not the case at all.
“The cool part about football is you’re part of an army. In the tunnel you’re swaying back and forth, saying, ‘It’s war time, let’s take it outside,’” said Washington, who has served as a youth boxing trainer and mentor in Los Angeles.
“But it’s different in boxing. When that bell rings, you’re going to war by yourself. I’m a California guy, and there’s a lot of Mexican-American people here who are very excited when it comes to boxing. I’ll be taking two cultures into the ring with me on fight night, and I’ll proudly represent both.”
Washington improved to 7-0 (5 KOs) in March 2013, with a fifth-round stoppage versus Curtis Harper, who entered their fight at 7-1 (6 KOs).
Washington won six of his next nine fights by knockout before battling to a draw with southpaw Amir Mansour, who entered their October 2015 fight at 22-1, with 16 KOs.
Washington may have only gotten a draw, but the experienced gained by fighting Mansour was invaluable.
READY FOR BIG TIME?
Through two consecutive knockout losses in 2017, Washington saw action against a world champion and an unbeaten 300-pound contender.
Washington was 18-0-1 with 12 knockouts when he suffered a fifth-round TKO loss WBC champion Deontay Wilder in February of that year. That July, he lost to Jarrell Miller by eighth-round stoppage.
“I’ve faced a world champion and one of the division’s hardest punchers,” said Washington, who nevertheless out-boxed Wilder early on and even led on two of the three official scorecards after four rounds.
Washington prepared for Wilder by sparring with 2012 Olympian and former world title challenger Dominic Breazeale. He also served as a sparring partner for former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko as the former prepared for Miller.
The collective experience of being in with Wilder, Miller, Breazeale and Klitschko benefitted “El Gallo Negro” (The Black Rooster). In June 2018, he won a solid unanimous decision (98-91, 97-92 twice) over 6-foot-6 John Wesley Nofire, who entered their bout at 20-1 (16 KOs).
THE UPS AND DOWNS OF BOXING
On January 26, 2019, Washington took on 6-foot-3 Adam Kownacki (18-0, 14 KOs) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The winner would take a huge step toward a world title shot. Unfortunately, Washington came up short again, suffering a second-round TKO loss.
Nevertheless, Washington continued to take on tough opposition. On July 13, 2020, he faced “The Nordic Nightmare,” Robert Helenius, at Minneapolis Armory in Minnesota. It was a spirited fight from the opening bell but Washington was simply at his best, knocking Helenius out with a series of right hands in the eighth round.
The victory set up a bout versus former world champion Charles Martin on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout served as the chief support for the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury rematch.
Washington and Martin fought on even terms for much of the bout until a Martin left put Washington away in the sixth round.