Wilder Looking At May 18th Return
No matter who it is, Deontay Wilder will be defending his WBC world heavyweight championship on May 18th.
Speaking with Boxing Scene, Wilder’s co-manager, Shelly Finkel confirmed Wilder’s rematch with Tyson Fury will not happen, but while his fighter is “disappointed,” but ready to move on.
“Deontay will be OK. He’s obviously disappointed, but otherwise he’s fine,” Finkel said of Wilder. “We had our hopes up and figured (Tuesday) was the declare whether to go to a purse bid. If Fury still wanted the fight, we were prepared to make a (new) offer. If not, there’s no reason to send anything. Now we will look to finalize plans for his May 18 return.”
The top target for Wilder’s next defense is WBC mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale, who in 2017 nearly brawled with Wilder and his team in the lobby of an Alabama hotel following Wilder’s win over Gerald Washington.
“I’m excited. That was the biggest thing that’s happened in the last 15 months,” admitted Breazeale. “A situation like that, where Fury kind of pulls out of his situation with the rematch is the best thing for the WBC mandatory.”
“We’re still fighting May 18, although of course as of now not versus Fury,” Finkel noted, though not at all ruling out the possibility of an eventual sequel between the two. “We’ll known the final opponent in the next few days.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene