Breazeale: Fury Was Robbed of Win
Dominic Breazeale may be the next challenger to Deontay Wilder and the WBC heavyweight title, but it doesn’t take away the feelings he had watching Wilder fight on Dec. 1.
On that night, Wilder fought Tyson Fury in a classic back-and-forth battle, and though Wilder knocked down Fury twice late in the fight, some felt Fury did enough to deserve the nod and belt. Breazeale was one of them.
But when the result was announced as a split draw, Breazeale walked out of the arena displeased.
“I couldn’t even stick around after that fight,” Breazeale said. “When they called it a draw, everyone wanted to stick around and do interviews. I was so disgusted I had to leave. There’s no way in hell.”
An immediate rematch between Wilder and Fury was expected; however, those plans were put on hold after Fury surprisingly signed a co-promotional deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank and ESPN. Fury is expected to make his debut under the new deal on a June ESPN+ card against an opponent still to be announced.
Meanwhile, Wilder chose to sign a new deal with Showtime, which kicks off with a May 18 title defense against Breazeale. Breazeale moved into the mandatory challenger slot after Fury’s new deal with Top Rank put Wilder-Fury II talks to a halt.
“Yes, I understand you’re the heavyweight champ. You knock a guy down, you never wanna see a belt change hands,” Breazeale said at the press conference for the bout. “But at the same time, that dude, he put on a boxing clinic. And to see a guy 6-9, 265 pounds do what he did, kudos. I tip my hat to that man. I think Fury definitely won that fight, hands down.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene