By Keith Idec
NEW YORK – Deontay Wilder watched in disbelief Thursday as Dominic Breazeale predicted he’ll beat Wilder into retirement Saturday night.
The undefeated knockout artist scoffed at Breazeale’s tough talk as they sat a few feet apart at a press conference at Barclays Center. The WBC heavyweight champion claimed Breazeale acted out of character by bolding projecting that Wilder won’t have the mental makeup to continue boxing once Breazeale beats him at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“Nobody believes this guy,” Wilder said. “He don’t have enough base in his voice. You can’t believe him. He’s an uppity negro. I mean, come on, man. I’ve been in this game for a very long time and to think for someone like you to come and beat someone like me, the closest you’re gonna get to this belt is in your dreams. And I’m pretty sure you had a lot of wet dreams about that. That’s about the closest you’re gonna get to this, I promise you.”
The 6-feet-7, 260-pound Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs), of Eastvale, California, is about a 6-1 underdog against Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs), who also stands 6-feet-7. Breazeale, a 2012 American Olympian, could out-weigh Wilder by 40-plus pounds when they step on the New York State Athletic Commission’s scale Friday afternoon at Barclays Center.
The 33-year-old Breazeale realizes he is in for a difficult fight against one of the most punishing punchers in boxing. Wilder’s mandatory challenger is confident, though, that he’ll withstand Wilder’s power, pull off an upset and make Wilder walk away from boxing.
“I’m Deontay Wilder’s retirement plan,” Breazeale said. “I’m gonna beat him so bad that he’s not gonna wanna ever lace up the gloves again. Nor is he gonna be physically fit or able to lace up the gloves again. As we all know, sports are 80 percent mental, 20 percent physical. He ain’t got neither one of those, and when I’m done with him, the mental aspect of boxing is gonna be completely beat out of him.”
Wilder laughed off Breazeale’s boastful take on their fight.
“You never faced a killer like me in the ring,” Wilder said. “You never looked into a killer eyes like me. But you’ll feel it, though. My actions speak louder than my words. Ask all of my opponents that have came before you and ask them what they felt. Even with my last opponent, he told you the myth, the legend is real, the power is real. And you gonna feel every bit of it. I promise you that.”
The Wilder-Breazeale bout is the main event of a “Showtime Championship Boxing” tripleheader Saturday night (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
The telecast also will include a 12-rounder that’ll match WBC featherweight champ Gary Russell Jr. (29-1, 17 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Maryland, against Spain’s Kiko Martinez (39-8-2, 28 KOs). In the opener of the broadcast, junior welterweight prospect Juan Heraldez (16-0, 10 KOs), of North Las Vegas, Nevada, is set to face Argenis Mendez (25-5-2, 12 KOs, 1 NC), of Yonkers, New York, in a 10-rounder.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.