WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder(40-0-1, 39 KOs) will defend his title against Dominic Breazeale(20-1, 18 KOs) on May 18 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn(Showtime).
This will be a grudge match! There is a lot of bad blood between Wilder and Breazeale. The two were involved in an altercation in February 2017 in Alabama after they both fought separate bouts on the same card. In April 2017, Breazeale filed a lawsuit against Wilder, but that case was later dismissed.
Now, Breazeale has put himself into position to challenge for the WBC world title by ripping off three straight knockout victories following the only loss in his career, a seventh-round TKO to Anthony Joshua in a heavyweight world title match in 2016. In December he scored a knockout victory in Brooklyn over Carlos Negron for his second-straight win at Barclays Center.
“I’m sick of seeing this guy walking around with his belt,” Breazeale said about Wilder at a press conference in Brooklyn to announce the fight. “I’m going to put him down. People are going to be rising to their feet when I knock him down.
“I’m so excited to get this fight. I’ve been on Deontay’s undercards, and I steal the show every time. Deontay does nothing right in the ring. He looks like a circus act. All he does is talk. But there’s nothing he can say on May 18.
“Deontay loves to hear his own voice. All he does is talk and talk. It’s time to get in the ring. Nobody can get in there and save him. It’s just me and him — leather on leather. We’ll see who lands first. Hopefully, he gets off the canvas.”
Wilder should win this fight, but what makes this fight intriguing is the animosity between the two fighters. It should be interesting to see what that looks like on fight night.