Published: Thu, March 21, 2019
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Wilder to defend WBC title against Breazeale in May

Wilder to defend WBC title against Breazeale in May

Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight crown against Dominic Breazeale in May following the collapse of his proposed rematch with Tyson Fury, it was confirmed on Tuesday. Hope lingers that their next fights would be against each other, in November.

"It's always a great opportunity to get the mandatory matches out of the way". They're like flies buzzing in my ear.

"We need to see one champion".

However, the bigger news is likely to be that Wilder will, for now, turn down the lucrative offer from DAZN, which already has unified champion Anthony Joshua on its books.

Showtime president Stephen Espinoza kept mum about the details of Wilder's contract with the network, but told SN: "We've got a deal in place and we're continuing to discuss long term with Deontay". So any unification fight is pretty far off.

Wilder is a free agent in terms of a TV contract but the report suggests that he has made a decision to remain that way and turn down a move which would have secured him a fight with AJ. As did the prospect of Fury either meeting Wilder in a rematch of their epic draw or Joshua at Wembley Stadium when he agreed his new £80million USA television contract with ESPN.

The 33-year-old Breazeale, a California native, is 20-1 in his career, with 18 victories by knockout. And the feeling is mutual.

"I am sick of seeing this bum walk around with his belt". "He's a chump in the ring".

"I'm betting on myself and you can't go wrong with yourself".

Their acrimony stems in part from a hotel incident after each fought on the same card two years ago.

Wilder was reportedly offered a $100m three-fight deal with DAZN which would have included two encounters with Joshua but has instead chose to stick with Showtime. Wilder claims his younger brother, also a boxer, Marsellos, dropped Breazeale during the incident, which he says could've gone a lot worse for the Eastvale, Calif., product.

Being able to watch Wilder's fight without paying more than the price of a Showtime subscription is a plus for the fans. However, there is no doubt that undefeated records are protected like gold bars these days but when all is said and done, boxers are not remembered for their undefeated records, they are remembered for who they fought and the memories they created.

Wilder plans to land many solid punches, particularly his vaunted right hand, against Breazeale.

"I'm glad he's got Virgil on his side, maybe he can show him something different, something to not get knocked out", Wilder said of his opponent's new partnership.

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