Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale Weigh-In Results -Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO) weighed in at 223¼, with Breazeale (20-1, 18 KO) at 255¼ for the main event from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
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.