Wilder vs Breazeale Live : Deontay Wilder returns to defend the WBC heavyweight title against Dominic Breazeale on Saturday, May 18.Deontay Wilder and Dominic Breazeale are set to battle for the WBC heavyweight title tomorrow night on Showtime.The WBC World Heavyweight Champion ilder vs Breazeale tells his side of the story, from negotiating with Tyson Fury to bulking up in weight in preparation for his grudge match versus Dominic Breazeale May 18 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on Showtime.
Deontay Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO) will make the ninth defense of his WBC Heavyweight title on Saturday in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. His opponent will be his bitter rival Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18 KO). Here’s how you can watch.On paper, the fight isn’t the most appealing championship match around. Wilder is a minus-815 favorite and Breazeale checks in as the sizable plus-615 underdog. Perhaps because of the lack of organic interest in the bout, Wilder has taken to using some questionable and tacky hype tactics to drum up interest. He has repeatedly said he wants “a body” on his record, meaning he wants to kill a man in the ring.He started this crazy talk back in March 2018 during an interview on The Breakfast Club. It drew some interest then, and it appears he has decided to bring it back up. As of right now, more people are talking about his comments than the fight. Most fans would prefer to see Wilder facing WBA, IBF, and WBO Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua, but the sides could never come to an agreement.
A rematch with Tyson Fury would have been a more naturally appealing fight after the two men battled to a draw in December 2018, but that too didn’t come to fruition. Instead, we’re left with a lukewarm bout and some unsavory and desperate comments to hype it.The brilliant but mostly inactive WBC Featherweight Champion Gary Russell Jr. (29-1, 17 KO) defends his title against Kiko Martinez (39-8-2, 28 KO) in the primary undercard bout. Also, undefeated super lightweight Juan Heraldez (16-0, 10 KO) takes on Argenis Mendez (25-5-2, 12 KO). Russell is one of the best fighters in the world. His only professional loss was a majority-decision defeat to pound-for-pound contender Vasyl Lomachenko in 2014.
Unfortunately, Russell has only fought five times since. If he were more active, there is no telling how high he’d sit on the P4P list.
What Else Will Be On?
We’re looking at another busy weekend in sports. In addition to Game 3 of the Western Conference Championships in the NBA Playoffs, Wilder-Breazeale will also have to contend with UFC Fight Night 152 on ESPN+. That program is on a streaming service, and there are no titles on the line, so Wilder-Breazeale will almost certainly trump that card in the eyes of combat sports fans who have a taste for boxing and MMA.
The Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers kick things off at 9pm ET, which is the same start time as Wilder-Breazeale. It’s a tough time slot, although a non-competitive game could free up boxing/hoops fans to flip over to Showtime.What could make a high-stakes heavyweight title fight burn even hotter with emotion? Just make things really, really personal.
This Saturday, May 18, live on Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Deontay Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) makes the ninth defense of his WBC heavyweight title in a grudge-driven battle against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs). The Premier Boxing Champions telecast kicks off live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Back in February 2017, after fighting on the same card at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, Wilder, Breazeale, and their respective entourages were involved in a melee in the lobby of a nearby hotel. The tussle, which both sides claim the other started, ignited a heated rivalry that has grown even more intense since the two big men were officially signed to face one another.
“You come to my hometown and cause this mess?” Wilder hurled. “You want to start this drama and act like you were the victim and your wife was the victim? He’s an opportunist and I don’t like that.”
Breazeale, of course, has his own take on events and is no less motivated to walk into the ring, vengeance in mind.
“I can’t wait to get my hands on him. What he did in Alabama in front of my family, I can never forgive him for nor will I ever forget,” said Breazeale. “I intend to make him pay come May 18 and shut him up once and for all.”
Hostilities aside, Wilder-Breazeale would’ve always been a “kill or be killed” kind of battle.
Wilder is all about ending fights violently. That mindset is not new for the Alabama native. What’s new, however, is the respect he’s receiving as a “real” world champion from purists and former critics, who previously mocked his lack of traditional skills and ring nuance.
Currently eight defenses into his WBC title reign, “The Bronze Bomber” cemented his status as something more than a one-trick pony in defense number seven when he battled back from adversity to stop crafty Cuban Luis Ortiz.
Back in December, he fought to a stalemate against top-three heavyweight and undefeated former unified champion Tyson Fury, dropping the skilled Irishman twice en route to the draw.
Although some rough edges have been smoothed out over the years, the 6-foot-7 banger is what he is—a heavy-handed battler with “bomb blast” power in his right hand who is also fearless, unflappable, and supremely self-confident.
Wilder is all about poking and prodding with a long left jab, jockeying for position to land the big right hand. While the left is also bursting with pop, the right is the money shot and he’ll keep pushing forward until he lands it. Against Fury, for example, the defending champ never lost hope that he’d land the big one. When he eventually did, in a wild twelfth and final round, it took a Herculean effort from the challenger to rise and finish the fight.
This single-minded self-belief makes the 33-year-old especially dangerous. Even when being outboxed or legitimately buzzed from an opponent’s shot, Wilder just keeps going for the kill.
On the other side of the ring, Breazeale has a lot to prove and he knows it.
Stopped by Anthony Joshua in a one-sided romp back in 2016, the former quarterback at Northern Colorado University and member of the 2012 Olympic boxing team pored over Joshua fight video to locate flaws and missteps. The subsequent 3-0 run since his lone career loss showcased a fighter working through weaknesses, but gradually improving with each outing.
In his last bout, this past December, the Glendale, California native calmly and methodically dismantled Carlos Negron, stopping him in nine rounds.
Breazeale, like Wilder, is 33 years old and stands 6-foot-7. Also like Wilder, he likes to push forward, forcing opposition backwards and into range for long-armed power shots. While not as one punch-formidable as Wilder, he has respectable power in both hands and is not afraid to let fists fly.
His biggest asset as a fighter, though, may be something much more intangible than knockout power or size. He is tough, brave, and full of fight—someone who can be hit and hurt, but never stops coming forward, also like Wilder, trying to turn tides and get things back on track.
For this particular fight, the out-of-ring animosity has fueled Breazeale’s competitive spirit and, guided by new trainer Virgil Hunter, he’s excited about going into the biggest fight of his career.
“It’s been the biggest motivational tool in this last camp,” Breazeale declared, referring to his personal beef with the WBC champ. “It’s the one thing that gets me up early in the morning to run. It’s the thing that gets me through the 10th and 11th and 12th round of sparring.”
Style-wise, Wilder-Breazeale will come down to who can capitalize on the other’s mistakes.
Wilder can be outboxed. He’s also less effective when backing up.
Breazeale has defensive lapses that can be exploited, the biggest for this fight being a tendency to fall in after lunging with the jab, something which leaves himself open for a right hand counter.
One mistake is all it will take for lights to be put out. Either Wilder will crush Breazeale and move on to blockbusters with the other heavyweight elite or Breazeale will shock the world with a brutal upset. Someone, though, is getting knocked out.
Wilder, for his part, is eager to finally bring the bad blood off the street and into the ring