Breazeale To Face Molina On Wilder-Stiverne Undercard
Following Luis Ortiz being taken off the main event of November 4th’s card at Barclays Center, Dominic Breazeale has an opponent.
Breazeale was originally slated to face Bermane Stiverne, and Ortiz was set to face Wilder for Wilder’s WBC championship. Yet, following Ortiz being found to have failed a pre-fight drug test administered by VADA, the WBC took Ortiz off the fight and replaced him with the original mandatory challenger Stiverne.
With that change it left Breazeale without an opponent until this morning where Premier Boxing Championships announced that it will be Eric Molina taking on Breazeale in a WBC title elimination match.
Eric Molina has fought twice in heavyweight title fights. In his first title shot Molina was knocked out by Deontay Wilder on June 13, 2015. Molina lost via TKO to Anthony Joshua in his next opportunity on Dec. 10, 2016. Molina bounced back with a majority decision victory against Jamal Woods in his last fight on Sept. 2.
November 4th’s card also features former welterweight champion Shawn Porter taking on Adrian Granados and Sergey Lipinets battling Akihiro Kondo for the vacant junior welterweight title in televised bouts.
In untelevised contests, five-time world champion Amanda Serrano of Brooklyn takes on Marilyn Hernandez, Long Island’s Seanie Monaghan makes his ring return to face Evert Bravo, from Arboletes, Colombia, and Brooklyn’s Chris Colbert battles Long Island’s Titus Williams in an eight-round featherweight bout.
Also, due to the changes in two of the top three fights on the card, there have been changes in pricing as explained by the event’s promoter Lou DiBella
“We’ve recognized that Deontay’s opponent has changed, and we’ve restructured ticket prices to encourage as many fans as possible to attend a great night of fights, and the Heavyweight Championship of the world… Stiverne is thrilled for this second chance and he has nothing to lose. Bermane Stiverne is the only opponent that Deontay hasn’t knocked out among his professional opponents. Deontay wants to fix that and Stiverne is looking to throw a wrench into Wilder’s dream of heavyweight unification.”