Wilder And Breazeale Look For Knockout On Saturday
A rivalry that began with a hotel brawl in Alabama ends with a showdown under the bright lights of Barclays Center, as Deontay Wilder defends his WBC world heavyweight championship against Dominic Breazeale.
Beazeale has taken exception with Wilder since that night in 2017, where “Trouble” claims Wilder and “20 goons” confronted Breazeale over comments he made about Wilder’s brother. Along with claims of a sucker punch to the back of his head by Wilder’s brother, as well as Breazeale claiming Wilder was threatening the boxer’s wife in-front of his children, there has been fierce animosity on both sides.
Wilder claims that his opponent’s events of what occurred are false, calling him a liar at every turn during fight week, going as far to say his brother was protecting Breazeale’s children amidst the chaos, now Wilder is looking for blood on Saturday night.
“I mean, first of all, Breazeale, all that story he made up is lies,” Wilder told ESPN’s First Take. “You know, he came to my city and he threatened my brother as well as my family. I don’t take threats lightly. You know, he don’t say that part, he don’t own up to that part.
“He said I came into the hotel with 20 goons. I don’t have 20 people around me, my entourage is very small. You can’t control people like that, you know? With the situation up in there, he talking about his wife and kids….if you wanna get attention, you wanna clout chase, you add women and children in there.
“I don’t believe Breazeale when he speaks,” Wilder would continue at Thursday’s presser. “I’ve been in this game for a very long time. Someone like him is not going to beat me. The closest he’s going to get to this belt is in his dreams.”
“You’re going to see a different Dominic Breazeale for this fight,” is what Breazeale told reporters on Wednesday at his open workout at Brooklyn’s Gleason’s Gym.
“I’m something that the heavyweight division needs and you all are going to be surprised on Saturday night.”
Breazeale feels that his skill set will surpass not only Wilder’s ability in the ring, but ensure that he shuts the mouth of the verbose WBC champion.
“Come Saturday night, it’s man versus man,” the former Olympian said during the workout.
“You have to do what you’ve been saying you’re going to do. His talking won’t help him then,” Breazeale said.”There’s no way this fight goes the distance. I know for sure it’s going to be fireworks from the opening bell and there’s going to be a fantastic finish.”