Deontay Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) and Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs) officially kicked off their media tour press conference for their highly-anticipated fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The contest will be taking place on May 18, 2019 and will have Wilder’s WBC Heavyweight title on the line.
Many fans expected Wilder to be matched up with Tyson Fury in a rematch of their December 2018 contest. In that bout, Fury boxed extremely well, but Wilder managed to score two knockdowns in the contest. Both men felt that they won but had to settle with a draw.
Everything seemed to be pointing in the directions of a rematch, but things quickly changed.
These two men don’t just have your normal disdain for one another. This contest crosses over into the personal territory. Several months ago both Wilder and Breazeale got into a heated altercation. It wasn’t just verbal, as things got physical as well. Breazeale claims that Wilder made a big mistake when him and his alleged crew attacked him. He made sure to make it clear that Wilder would indeed pay for his transgressions.
“One thing you don’t do is come up to a man while he is with his wife and kids,” said Breazeale to the media that gathered around him. “You just don’t do that. Whatever problem you have with me is fine, but you don’t bring family into it. Come May 18 he’ll pay for it.”
To say that Wilder took Breazeale’s threats lightly would be an understatement.
“I promise you that you will be another victim,” said Wilder. “We all know that when I make promises I always keep them and I promise you that you will be knocked out.”
The bad blood between these two continued as they could hardly face off without jawing at one another. There is reason to believe that Breazeale will in fact be able to dethrone Wilder. Since his lone defeat to current unified champion Anthony Joshua he has reeled off three straight wins–all by knockout–that have placed him in this position.
Wilder is widely regarded as the best Heavyweight champion and most dangerous man on the planet. That isn’t just hyperbole either. With his tendency to knock out all but one of his opponents, he is arguably the hardest puncher in the entire sport.
Both men bring plenty of knockouts to the party. With this contest being so personal there is no telling who will win, but fans can be sure to expect a knockout.