Wilder vs Breazeale Saturday May 18th
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
Since 2015, SHOWTIME has featured 14 heavyweight world title fights. We are happy to see the resurgence of the heavyweight division, according to Stephen Espinoza, “You have two 6’ 7’s heavyweights with a combined 90% knockout ratio so you really don’t have to sell too much on this one. We’re proud of our role in it. No other network has been as committed to the heavyweight division and no other network has done more to bring about this resurgence.”
Coming off two of his most exciting and certainly career-defining performances in his fights against Luis Ortiz and Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder is ready to prove to the world who the true heavyweight champ is. As you should know, anytime Wilder enters the ring he’s looking for the big knockout and gets one most often.
Coming up this weekend, Wilder will be facing a tall, strong, experienced and very motivated competitor in Dominic Breazeale. The 2012 U.S. Olympian from Glendale, California has tallied up 18 KO victories in just 21 professional fights Dominic will present a different challenge for the Wilder as not many men are able to stand eye to eye with him. Having previously fought Anthony Joshua in the U.K., Breazeale should be able to handle the bright lights.
At 6-foot-7, Dominic is one of the few heavyweights in the division who looks eye to eye with Deontay so that will be a different experience. With, he has been on the world stage before taking on Anthony Joshua in the U.K.
“Camp is going great up here in the Bay Area. Virgil Hunter’s done a great job of putting things in and implementing my game plan going into this fight May 18. I’m definitely excited to be fighting on the world stage again for the WBC title. May 18 is going to be an explosive night. You’ve got two knockout artists, two big six-foot-seven guys. I’m super excited to be involved with the event. I’m super excited to get a big KO win May 18. Like I said, the body feels great. Camp has gone up and beyond what I expected it to be. I’m super ready. I can’t wait to get on this plane and get to New York and get this started.”
When asked what makes Dominic think he can beat Wilder, he had this to say, “I don’t see any fundamental skills. I don’t see any successes on his part. He’s been champion for about four years. He hasn’t grown. He hasn’t changed. 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 was also asked the personal satisfaction on winning the heavyweight belt? Here was his response, “the personal thing from the outside of the ring makes the revenge factor. You approach myself and my wife and kids in a situation that was not boxing related. The gratification and the fact that my personal revenge, knocking out Deontay Wilder is a lot bigger than just an actual win or KO on any other given night.”
When asked, when asked what he thought of Deontay’s performance against Tyson Fury? Breazeale promptly responded, “I thought Fury won that fight. I know he got knocked down a couple of times but as far as the boxing, the world looks at him how he scored in a boxing match. Tyson outscored Wilder that night and won that fight!”
He continued on to say, “Tyson did some good things. He had some great defensive movements. He did some good attacks as well as counter punching. On the other hand, Wilder did the same thing over and over like he’s done in his last four, five fights – over the last four or five years is thrown the one, two and hopefully, hope and pray that the right-hand lands eventually.”
The Tuscaloosa, Alabama native Wilder is 40-0 and has 39 knockouts. This will also be his ninth defense of his WBC Heavyweight Championship belt. When he was asked some question the Champion Wilder responded “I’m going to do what I said I was going to do just like I do all the time. With this particular fight, I’m going to make sure I do it in the worst way possible. That’s why I decided to break myself down and I decided to invest in myself so I make sure I do exactly what I said that I would do in an intense fashion, in a painful way, and on an elite level.”
Deontay continued on to say, “So I’d like to welcome Breazeale to the elite level. He’s never been in this level before. He thought he did with Joshua but Deontay Wilder is a whole different beast. I come with a whole different mindset. And we already know that I come with the right hand from hell.”
It was brought to Wilder’s attention that Dominic said that he doesn’t think anybody would agree that Wilder has become a pretty good world champion. Deontay couldn’t wait to say, “I mean that was what every opponent I’ve faced has said. Every one of them. If it’s been ten years, then for ten years they’ve been spewing the same thing for ten years – what have I been doing? I’m still here. I’m still a champion. It’s different when you get in the ring with me then.”
“People are simple-minded, people like him think that way because when you enter into that ring and you feel that first blow, you know that you’re in for a fight. My mindset is different. My mindset is so big that a spaceship can fit in it,” Wilder continued on to say. “We’re going to find out and it’s not going to be long now either. He’s going to find out. So, he’s going to realize that he’s never been in a ring with a guy like myself. He’s fought for the world title before and it seemed like he didn’t belong there in the first place.”
In closing Wilder said, “the excitement is back in the heavyweight division. The fire is lit. I’m more excited than I’ve ever been in my career because of everything that’s going on with it.” “You know that when the big fights happen, you know that Deontay Wilder’s involved in it because most of these guys they live by the motto of less risk with high rewards.”
Saturday, May 18 the Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder will be defending his WBC title against top contender Dominic Breazeale live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. defending his title against former world champion Kiko Martínez, plus unbeaten super lightweight contender Juan Heráldez squaring-off against former world champion Argenis Méndez in a 10-round attraction. Tickets for this BombZquad event can be purchased at ticketmaster.com and barclayscenter.com. Tickets also can be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.
Though the Heavyweight division is back to being competitive, PBC and Showtime PBC on FOX is right in the mix of things within the Heavyweight world. I expect Breazeale to be a decent tune-up fight for Wilder and I would be surprised if this fight went the distance. Please let us know your thoughts on this upcoming fight by reaching out to us on @whatsgoodinsports on twitter or commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com.