Fireworks are expected when WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder defends his title against mandatory challenger Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale.
Their showdown takes place this Saturday live on Showtime from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Wilder vs. Breazeale will top a televised tripleheader. which features WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. defending his belt against former world champion Kiko Martinez, and unbeaten Juan Heraldez colliding with former world champion Argenis Mendez. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Showtime.
Wilder and Breazeale have been feuding since in 2017.
In that year, the two boxers were involved in a scuffle that took place in a hotel lobby in Alabama.
Stephen Espinoza, the head of Showtime Sports, views Breazeale as a very dangerous opponent for Wilder.
“When you get two guys together for a long-awaited grudge match, there’s not a lot that needs to be said. Deontay is the longest-reigning heavyweight champion in the sport. This would be the ninth defense for him, which is something that only nine other heavyweights have done in boxing history,” Espinoza said.
“Deontay had two of the most exciting heavyweight fights in recent history last year. As for Dominic, he’s a big strong experienced guy who’s been on the world stage before. He has fought for a world title and he’s coming off of three consecutive wins. He has plenty of power and we saw that in his last fight against Carlos Negron that he can change the fight in one punch.”
The bout is Wilder’s first since fighting to a controversial twelve round split draw with Tyson Fury in December of 2018. A rematch was on the cards, but Fury walked away from the table and signed a co-promotional pact with Top Rank.