Anthony Joshua was recently asked to name the three opponents he would choose if he had three fights left.
Not one of the boxers he named was called Gerald Washington.
Joshua went for Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte and Deontae Wilder instead, but one imagines he’ll take an interest in Washington now after the unbeaten American called him out.
Washington isn’t a big name in the heavyweight division, despite being on a 19-fight unbeaten run, but he’s closing in on a shot at the WBC belt currently owned by Wilder.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Joshua’s fight against Eric Molina on December 10, Washington admitted he can give the IBF heavyweight champion the “best fight”.
“If he wants the best fight, Anthony Joshua, then I'm your man,” the Californian said. “I’m the one that has it all. I've got the whole package.
"I'm the one. I'm just waiting for them to let me off the leash and when they do let me off the leash, I'm tearing it up.
"AJ punches hard, but I have defence. These guys are standing toe-to-toe and trying to take the punches. You have to disarm the man. I have the ring intelligence now and the experience to do that.
"Now I can deliver my dangerous punches and that's what is going to make the difference when I fight all of these guys. They can't touch me, and I can touch them, and that will be it."
Big year ahead
Washington, 34, is No. 7 in the WBC rankings. He laid out his plans for 2017 in truly brash style.
"The way I see it, I'm going to fight Deontay Wilder, take his WBC belt, and then I would love to come over there,” he added.
"If Anthony Joshua wants to come to the United States, then he can come get it over here.
"That's how I see my 2017 going and until that time happens, I'm going to continue to get better."