Wilder Promises A Massacre On May 18th
On Tuesday, WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder announced that his return to the ring against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale on May 18th from Barclays Center on Showtime.
The Showtime move was expected for Wilder, who valued his own independence over an unadvantageous deal elsewhere.
“It’s always great to get a mandatory out of the way,” Wilder said in his opening remarks. “They’re like flies buzzing in my ear. I just want to get them out of the way so I can do great things for the heavyweight division. I want one champion, one face, one name, but you need a lot of cooperation to make that happen.”
“I want to prove to the world that I’m the best. That’s what I believe in my heart. Until someone proves me wrong, I will continue to believe that. Breazeale is the next man in line. I can’t wait for this one.
When talking about Breazeale’s new partnership with legendary trainer Virgil Hunter, the champion was happy to see it, but said it help the challenger.
“I hope he’s training his hardest. I’m glad he has Virgil Hunter on his side to show him something new. Every man I’ve faced; they’ve landed on the canvas. I’m going to continue to do that on May 18,” Wilder said on Tuesday. “No man who gets in the ring will be able to defeat Deontay Wilder. I hold the keys to the heavyweight division. No fighter is doing what I’m doing. I’m trying to give the fans something they’ve never seen before.
“Enjoy this one, because it’s going to be a massacre. May 18 will be a beautiful day for me and a beautiful day to see what I’m planning to do for the sport of boxing.”
For Breazeale, he knows this is the biggest moment of his career, not because of the opportunity at a world title, but a chance to get revenge for a hotel brawl between he and Wilder’s brother in 2017. “I’m super excited for this. I’ve been waiting over a year and a half for a shot at this title,” the challenger said on Tuesday. “I’ve got three knockouts here at Barclays Center and I can’t wait for another.
“I’m sick of seeing this guy walking around with his belt. I’m going to put him down. People are going to be rising to their feet when I knock him down.
“Deontay loves to hear his own voice. All he does is talk and talk. It’s time to get in the ring. Nobody can get in there and save him. It’s just me and him. Leather on leather. We’ll see who lands first. Hopefully he gets off the canvas.”