Breazeale on Wilder fight: ‘I’m the more skilled, more athletic and bigger, stronger guy’

Heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale(20-1, 18 KOs) has a tall order ahead of him on Saturday night in Brooklyn. Breazeale is set to face undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder(40-0-1, 39 KOs) at Barclays Center.

This will Breazeale’s second chance at a title. The last time he fought for a title, he was stopped by unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in 2016.

Wilder is the favorite coming into this fight, but according to Breazeale, he has more skills than the Alabama native.

“He’s been champion for about four years. He hasn’t grown. He hasn’t changed,” Breazeale said on a conference call last week. “Yes, he’s got a big right-hand but don’t we all in the heavyweight division? We all have knockout power.

‘So, I think I’m walking into a fight where I’m the more skilled, more athletic and bigger, stronger guy.”

Breazeale has decent power, but Wilder’s power is the next level. A lot of guys have better skills than Wilder, but as we have seen, a lot of guys have a hard time standing up to his power. However, Breazeale believes he will be just fine.

“Wilder’s going to throw some leather and make some contact by all means,” Breazeale said. “Boxing, it’s all about hitting and not getting hit. I don’t plan on getting hit a lot May 18, and if I do, I’ve been there. I’ve done that before.

“At the same time, I plan on putting on all the punishment. And if the right hand comes, so be it. I’ll deal with it. It’s part of boxing.”

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