‘Til This Day: Wilder Blasts Breazeale in 1 Round
Deontay Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) had called his fight against Dominic Breazeale (20-2, 18 KOs) a personal one. These two have had their issues with each other for quite some time.
Seemingly for years now, they have both bashed each others names in the media as they have both called for this fight to happen. A confrontation between the two took place in a hotel and what ensued was name calling, threats and physical acts of violence outside of the ring.
When Breazeale was mandated by the WBC as the No. 1 contender, the stage was set.
They would both be given the opportunity to settle their differences inside of the squared circle. May 18, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Wilder and Breazeale had the platform to end the debate. It took Wilder less than a full round to completely eviscerate Breazeale in front of the 13,181 fans that packed the self dubbed new mecca of boxing.
A clean right hand by Wilder was all it took and it was all she wrote for Breazeale. The No. 1 contender was completely out cold for several seconds. Somehow, he managed to get to his feet but he was stumbling and unaware of his surroundings.
During the build to their matchup Wilder had gone on the record several times stating that he would make quick work of Breazeale.
“This will be a blow out,” said Wilder. He also was criticized for saying that he wanted to “catch a body.” After the performance he just put forth it seemed as though he nearly made those words a reality.
Although the feud between these two men was very real, Wilder proved to be a man of class after the fight.
“I just told Breazeale I love him and of course I want to see him go home to his family,” said Wilder in a post-fight interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray. “I know we say some things, but when you can fight a man and then you can hug him and kiss him, I wish the world was like that. We shake hands and we live to see another day and that’s what it’s all about.”
Before this contest was scheduled to take place, many were patiently waiting for the rematch between Wilder and Tyson Fury. The first matchup, which took place in December of 2018, was a close nip-and-tuck affair with plenty of drama. Fury of course opted to sign a deal with ESPN, which has made it seem that the rematch has been shelved for the foreseeable future.
Wilder not only believes that the rematch will happen, but he also believes that he knows why Fury decided to go in another direction.
“I understand what Tyson Fury did,” said Wilder. “When you get dropped on the canvas like that I understand you have to get yourself back together. But the rematch will happen, like all these other fights will happen. The great thing is all these fights are in discussion. The big fights will happen. I just want you to have patience.”
Wilder, is arguably the biggest puncher in the entire division, but he is also flat out proving to be the best Heavyweight in the world.