Broner, Santiago make weight for fight on Saturday night

Adrien Broner(33-4-1, 24 KOs) will make his much-anticipated return on Saturday against Jovanie Santiago(14-0-1, 10 KOs) in a 12-round fight at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn(SHOWTIME 9 p.m. ET).

The fight was initially supposed to be fought at 140 pounds, but the fighters agreed to fight at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds.

On Friday at the weigh-in, Broner came in at 146 pounds, while Santiago was 145 ¼ pounds.

Former heavyweight world title challenger Dominic Breazeale and highly touted contender Otto Wallin will square off in the 12-round co-feature of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast and former world champion Robert Easter Jr. and contender Ryan Martin who will meet in a 12-round super lightweight bout to open the telecast.

Below are the official weights, judges and referees for Broner-Santiago, Breazeale-Wallin and Easter Jr.-Martin:

Welterweight Bout – 12 Rounds

Adrien Broner – 146 lbs.

Jovanie Santiago – 145 ¼ lbs.

Referee: Arthur Mercante; Judges: Tom Carusone (Conn.), Glenn Feldman (Conn.), Peter Hary (Conn.)

Heavyweight Bout – 12 Rounds

Dominic Breazeale – 261 ¼ lbs.

Otto Wallin – 240 ½ lbs.

Referee: Johnny Callas; Judges: Tony Paolillo (N.Y.), Waleska Roldan (N.Y.), Tom Schreck (N.Y.)

 Super Lightweight Bout – 12 Rounds

Robert Easter Jr. – 139 ¾ lbs.

Ryan Martin – 139 ½ lbs.

Referee: Harvey Dock; Judges: Tom Carusone (Conn.), Frank Lombardi (Conn.), John McKaie (N.Y.)

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Broner-Santiago, Breazeale-Wallin set for February 20 in Connecticut

 Former four-division world champion and must-see attraction Adrien “The Problem” Broner will end his two-year hiatus from boxing when he faces Jovanie Santiago in a 12-round super lightweight bout Saturday, February 20 live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. in a Premier Boxing Champions event.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast also pits former heavyweight world title challenger Dominic Breazeale against highly touted contender Otto Wallin in the 12-round co-feature. The telecast opener features former world champion Robert Easter Jr. facing off against contender Ryan Martin in a 12-round super lightweight bout. The event is promoted by TGB Promotions. Breazeale vs. Wallin is promoted in association with Salita Promotions.

Cincinnati’s Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs), is one of the most popular and colorful personalities in the sport. He quickly rose to prominence by combining supreme boxing with a brash outspoken personality. By the age of 26, he had captured world titles at 130, 135, 140 and 147 pounds, becoming one of only eight active fighters to win a world championship in four divisions. Broner has faced several multi-division world champions such as Paulie Malignaggi, Marcos Maidana, Mikey Garcia, Jessie Vargas and Manny Pacquiao. Broner returns to the super lightweight division where he dominated Khabib Allakhverdiev to win a 140-pound title in 2015.

“I can’t wait to get back into the ring. It’s been a while. This will give me a chance to display my talents and show everybody what they’ve been missing,’’ Broner said. “I’ve been training and working very hard and everybody will see all of that hard work come together on February 20 on SHOWTIME.’’

Hailing from Dorado, Puerto Rico, the undefeated Santiago (14-0-1, 10 KOs) will make his stateside debut against Broner just two months removed from a dominating first-round knockout victory over then-unbeaten Juan Zegarra in the Dominican Republic. In 2017, Santiago defeated former super lightweight world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley via unanimous decision, marking the only time he has allowed his opponent to go the distance since 2015. Known for his come-forward style, Santiago has campaigned at 140 pounds for the majority of his career and ascended to 14th in the WBA’s super lightweight rankings.

Breazeale (20-2, 18 KOs) has an impressive knockout ratio and numerous memorable knockout victories, including stoppages of Amir Mansour, Carlos Negron, and then-unbeaten Izuagbe Ugonoh. The 35-year-old has come up short in two heavyweight title opportunities against Deontay Wilder and current unified world champion Anthony Joshua. Born in Glendale, Calif., and now living in Eastvale, Calif., Breazeale was an outstanding high school football player who played quarterback at Northern Colorado University before taking up boxing. The 6-foot-7 heavyweight was also a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic® boxing team.

“Camp has been great. I’m working with my new trainer, Abel Sanchez, up in Big Bear,” Breazeale said. “Otto Wallin is going against a big guy who can punch and throws punches in bunches, so he’s going to be in trouble. I’m going to bring the pressure from the opening bell until the moment he hits the canvas.”

Wallin (21-1, 14 KOs) makes his second appearance on SHOWTIME within the Mohegan Sun “Fight Sphere” after defeating Travis Kauffman via fifth-round TKO in August. Before that, he nearly upset Tyson Fury in September 2019, when he opened up a gruesome cut over Fury’s right eye with a legal punch that almost halted the fight. While the 30-year-old lost to the lineal heavyweight world champion via unanimous decision, he proved his mettle as a potential heavyweight champion. Representing his native Sundsvall, Sweden, Wallin trains in New York with former champion Joey Gamache.

“Training has been going very well. I’m in a good place,” said Wallin. “Breazeale is a tough customer that’s always in firefights and is entertaining to watch. I believe it’s going to be a good fight. I’m pretty sure that he’s going to try and come out and go after me, so I don’t think I’ll have to look for him. I’m in great shape. I believe I’ll be able to break him down and take him out.”

A former IBF lightweight world champion, Easter (22-1-1, 14 KOs) won the vacant belt with a split decision victory over future world champion Richard Commey in 2016. The 30-year-old from Toledo, Ohio, successfully defended the title three times before losing it to four-division world champion Mikey Garcia in a 2018 unification clash on SHOWTIME. Following a split-draw against Rances Barthelemy in April 2019, Easter made his super lightweight debut on SHOWTIME in October 2019 with a unanimous decision victory over Adrian Granados.

Wilder: ‘I put fear in any man'(VIDEO)

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder(41-0-1. 40 KOs) barely had to break a sweat on Saturday night as he stopped Dominic Breazeale in the first round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The undefeated Wilder has knocked down every fighter he has faced, and one thing for sure, he has the most powerful right hand in the heavyweight division, which he believes puts fear in the hearts of many.

“I put fear in any man,” Wilder said after the fight on Saturday night

How should we view Wilder at this point? Many felt he lost to Fury, so there are doubts about whether he is the best heavyweight in the world. In a perfect world, we would see-Wilder-Fury 2, and then the winner would fight Anthony Joshua. However, this is boxing, so we know we are going to have to wait.

Wilder has legendary power, but in terms of being great, we have to see how he does against Joshua and what happens in a rematch against Fury. However, Wilder does think he is finally getting the respect he deserves.

“This fight was definitely heard around the world,” Wilder said. “I’m finally getting my respect. It took a long time, but I’m very patient.”

Listen to the complete press conference below:

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Breazeale: ‘I’ll be back and go for the heavyweight title again’

In his second attempt at winning a title, heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale was stopped in the first round by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder(41-0-1, 40 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night.

Breazeale(20-2, 18 KOs), whose only two defeats have now come against both Wilder and Anthony Joshua, was disappointed he wasn’t allowed to continue the fight.

“I think the ref stopped it a little early because I could hear him saying seven and eight, but that’s boxing,” said Breazeale. “He did his job and kept us safe for our next fight.

“I got on my feet and had my legs under me. It’s the heavyweight division, so there’s going to big shots from guys with power. This was a situation where he landed the big right hand before I did. I thought I was going to come on in the later rounds. I’ll be back and go for the heavyweight title again.”

Breazeale may have felt he could continue, but he was done after that knockdown.  He was very fortunate that the fight did not continue. Otherwise, he would have gotten seriously hurt. Can Breazeale win a title in the heavyweight division? I don’t think so. Breazeale has proven that he can have some success in the heavyweight division. However, based on his performances against Wilder and Joshua, it’s clear that Breazeale would have a difficult time beating an elite heavyweight.

 

Wilder: ‘The big fights will happen’

WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder delivered the 40th knockout of his career in devastating fashion Saturday night, sending mandatory challenger Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale flat on his back with a trademark right hand in front of a raucous crowd at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Successfully defending his belt for the ninth time, Wilder joinsillustrious company alongside Hall of Famers Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and more and becomes the 10th fighter in history to make nine or more consecutive successful heavyweight title defenses. Watch HERE: https://s.sho.com/2Hp0AEh

In the buildup to tonight’s world championship bout, Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) repeatedly promised that the fight would not last long. The towering Tuscaloosa, Ala. native kept his word, scoring the 20th first round knockout of his career and his 15thknockdown as heavyweight world champion. Breazeale (20-2, 18 KOs) was able to withstand Wilder’s first early onslaught, but could not beat referee Harvey Dock’s 10-count when Wilder connected flush with the most dangerous right hand in boxing later in the opening round.

“Everything just came out of me tonight”, said Wilder. “I know it’s been a big buildup, there’s been a lot of animosity and a lot of words that were said and it just came out of me tonight.  That’s what makes boxing so great.

“I just told Breazeale I love him and of course I want to see him go home to his family.  I know we say some things, but when you can fight a man and then you can hug him and kiss him, I wish the world was like that.  We shake hands and we live to see another day and that’s what it’s all about.”

As the attention of the heavyweight division turns to what’s next, Wilder insists that a fight with Tyson Fury, the only man he has faced and not defeated, or Anthony Joshua remains on the table and in the works.

“I understand what Fury did,” said Wilder. “When you get dropped on the canvas like that I understand you have to get yourself back together. But the rematch will happen, like all these other fights will happen.  The great thing is all these fights rare in discussion.  The big fights will happen.  I just want you to have patience.”

 Photo: Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions

Photos: Wilder-Breazeale weigh-in

WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder scaled 223 ¼ pounds and mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale tipped the scales at 255 ¼ pounds for their long-awaited grudge match that airs tomorrow live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“Tomorrow is judgment day,” Wilder told SHOWTIME Sports Hall of Fame analyst Steve Farhood during Friday’s weigh-in from the LIU Brooklyn Athletic Center.  “The bad blood is not going to affect the fight at all, it will only intensify it. When we get into the ring we are both going to see red. That’s what makes great fights – the words that we speak and what we do in the ring.  It’s what makes great fights.  Don’t you all want great fights?”

Wilder came in 11 pounds heavier than he measured for his December showdown with Tyson Fury, when he weighed 212 pounds, just five pounds heavier than his career low for his professional debut.

“At this point in time in my career I want to show everything,” said Wilder, who will make the ninth defense of his title in a matchup of 6-foot-7 heavyweights with a combined 90 percent knockout ratio.  “I want to look the part, and be the part, as I always do.”

America’s only heavyweight champion, Wilder seeks to join elite company alongside Hall of Famers Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and more as just the 10th fighter in history to make nine or more consecutive successful heavyweight title defenses.  Looking to end Wilder’s four-year reign as the United States’ only heavyweight champion is fellow-American Breazeale, who has 18 knockouts in his 20 professional wins.

“I think the bad blood motivated me during camp,” said Breazeale.  “Coming into the fight though I’m going to act like a professional and put a professional performance on and give the fans what they want to see and get that knockout win.

“I’m going to put some leather in his face as often as possible. I plan on landing some big right hands and following up with some great body shots and left hooks. But on fight night, it’s about whoever lands to big shots first.”

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Breazeale: ‘I don’t give Deontay(Wilder) much credit for his title defenses’

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder(40-0-1, 39 KOs) has successfully defended his belt eight straight times since winning the title in 2015. He has been pretty much favored in all of his title defenses, and in those fights, Wilder has stopped all of his opponents, except for  Tyson Fury, who he dropped two times in a fight that was declared a draw.

However, his opponent on Saturday night, Dominic Breazeale, is not all that impressed by Wilder’s title defenses, and he believes that Wilder is getting too much credit.

“I don’t give Deontay much credit for his title defenses,” Breazeale said at a media workout in New York City on Wednesday. “People talk about his big right hand, but this is heavyweight boxing. I have a big right hand too. I’ve put many individuals down on the canvas. All Wilder does is talk. We’ll see who lands that right hand first on Saturday.”

Outside of Luis Ortiz and Fury, you can argue that Wilder’s opposition in those title defenses has not been all that great, and in fact, you can question Wilder’s opposition in general. He has not fought the best opposition, but it’s not all his fault. He tried to fight  Alexander Povetkin,  but the fight was canceled when Povetkin failed a drug test, and Wilder stepped up to fight Ortiz, who has been avoided by many in the division. Also, I do believe Wilder wants to fight unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, but the business of boxing is getting in the way. Furthermore, Wilder-Fury 2 was very close to happening, but Fury decided to align himself with Top Rank/ESPN, so we’ll have to wait a little for that one.

Will Breazeale be the guy who ends Wilder’s reign on Saturday night? He thinks so.

“I’ve been training like a caged-dog during camp, and it’s nice to be here now and see people’s reactions to the work I put in,” Breazeale said. “I’m confident in what I can do and what I bring to the table on Saturday night. It’s going to be fun.”

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Wilder: ‘Dominic Breazeale is going to get knocked out in dramatic fashion on Saturday’

Unbeaten WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder kicked off fight week Tuesday night with a media workout at world famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn before he defends his title this Saturday night against mandatory challenger Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Wilder will look to defend his title for the ninth time in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. It will be Wilder’s fourth time defending his belt at Barclays Center, having scored knockouts in his three previous fights in Brooklyn.

Here is what Wilder had to say Tuesday in Brooklyn:

“Dominic Breazeale is going to get knocked out in dramatic fashion on Saturday. I can’t wait. He’s like a fly in my ear. I’m going to get him out of there in a fashion no one has ever seen.

“I love coming to Brooklyn. The people here have adopted me. I’ve had some of my most dramatic knockouts here at Barclays Center. I’m looking forward to adding another one to my resume Saturday night.

“Dominic Breazeale asked for this. I didn’t seek him out. He came for me. This isn’t a gentleman’s sport. We have bad blood and it’ll be in the ring Saturday night.

“I learned from the Tyson Fury fight to stay patient. It was my moment and my time. I wanted to put on a great show and deliver the knockout. I rushed but Fury had to be perfect for 12 rounds, I just had to be perfect for two seconds.

“I’m a person who’s passionate about what I say and passionate about what I do. I’m the realest champion in the business. I show love everywhere I go. Love is the key to the world.”

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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.”

Wilder: ‘I’m going to keep leaving a path of destruction inside the ring’

When WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder defends his title against mandatory challengerDominic “Trouble” Breazeale on Saturday, May 18, he will not only seek to continue his run as the only American heavyweight champion, but also cement himself into the historic company of heavyweight legends that came before him.

In an event taking place live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, Wilder will attempt to defend his WBC title for the ninth time since first capturing the belt in January 2015. Wilder’s triumph marked the return of heavyweight prizefighting in America and the end of an eight-year drought without an American heavyweight world champion, the longest in the history of the sport.

“There has been a long line of great American heavyweight champions who represented our country with pride, strength and honor in the ring,” said Wilder. “I take the responsibility very seriously to pick up where they left off and continue to show every young fighter who looks up to me, that they one day can be the heavyweight champion of the world.

“I’m a champion of the world, but I represent for the entire country and everyone in it,” said Wilder. “I’ve fought challengers from all around the world, knowing in my mind how important it was to keep this title in the U.S.

If successful on May 18, Wilder will become just the 10th fighter in the more than 135-year history of heavyweight boxing to make nine or more consecutive successful heavyweight title defenses.  Wilder would join an impressive list of Hall of Famers who dominated the sport during their reign – Tommy Burns, Joe Louis, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Vitali Klitschko and future Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko.  *Note: number of title defenses listed below

“Fighters like Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and more have paved the way for me,” said Wilder. “Now I’m going to take what they started and make sure that the heavyweight world championship stays in America for a long time.”

Wilder’s successes in the ring have seen him skyrocket toward the kind of recognition that heavyweight champions have garnered throughout history. In 2018 he was ranked 34 on ESPN’s “World Fame 100” list, the top spot of any boxer in the world.

“Being the heavyweight champion and holding that title on the American sports landscape is a huge deal,” said Wilder. “There was a time where that person was as well-known as the president. I’m going to keep leaving a path of destruction inside the ring, so that everyone knows I am the one name and one face of the heavyweight division.”

List of fighters with nine consecutive heavyweight title defenses (listed chronologically):

1.)   Tommy Burns (11)

2.)   Joe Louis (25)

3.)   Joe Frazier (nine)

4.)   Muhammad Ali (nine in first run, 10 in second reign)

5.)   Larry Holmes (20)

6.)   Mike Tyson (nine in first run)

7.)   Lennox Lewis (nine in second run)

8.)   Vitali Klitschko (11 in second run)

9.)   Wladimir Klitschko (18 in second run)

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