Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight title against former world title challenger Dominic Breazeale on May 18th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Wilder will be making the ninth defense of his title, which he won back in 2015. The fight can be viewed live on Showtime in the USA and on Sky Sports Main Event (and Sky Sports Action) in the UK.
Tale of the Tape – Wilder vs. Breazeale
|Deontay Wilder||Dominic Breazeale|
|Record||40-0-1 (39 KOs)||20-1-0 (18 KOs)|
|Nickname||“The Bronze Bomber”||“Trouble”|
|Country||United States||United States|
Fight Breakdown – Wilder vs. Breazeale
Deontay Wilder has been America’s world heavyweight champion for over four years, yet only recently has he started to gain significant national (and international) attention. The Alabama native was able to knock out all 39 men he had faced in his pro career before meeting Britain’s Tyson Fury in the ring in December. The undefeated Fury, who at one point held three of the four major heavyweight straps, was able to outbox Wilder for most of the fight up until the final round where the champion scored a huge knockdown. However, Fury would miraculously get up and finish the fight strong. Most fans and experts scored the fight in favor of Fury, but the official judges scored the fight a split draw, meaning Wilder would retain his title.
Dominic Breazeale started boxing at the improbable age of 23, having success in the amateurs before turning pro in 2012. The 6-foot-7 former American football player started his career 17-0 to earn a shot at Anthony Joshua’s IBF title in 2016. Breazeale was stopped in seven rounds by Joshua, but has gone 3-0 with three knockouts since then.
Breazeale is a big, strong heavyweight who, like Wilder, relies on his power to get the job done. In addition to a powerful right hand, Breazeale has developed a solid jab that he uses often. On the negative end, Breazeale is a bit slow with his hands and feet, even for the heavyweight division, which could be a factor against the lighter, quicker Wilder in this fight.
Deontay Wilder is known for his power. When his right hand lands clean, the result is usually a devastating knockout. Not only does he have power, but he has height, reach, and solid speed. The one knock on Wilder has always been his lack of technical skill; like his name, he can be ‘wild’ at times in the ring. Against Tyson Fury, Wilder looked downright silly at times swinging for the fences (and missing). However, when he is patient and smart, nobody is more dangerous in the heavyweight division.
To give himself the best chance to win, Breazeale needs to try to make this into a dirty, ugly fight on the inside. Breazeale is a good body puncher and is the significantly heavier man, so he should have the advantage up close. When on the outside, Breazeale needs to use his stiff jab and movement to disrupt Wilder’s rhythm and keep him from getting his feet set. Wilder should try and keep things at a distance where he can look for an opportunity to catch Breazeale with one of his trademark 1-2 combinations. Keeping his hands up and poking with the jab are necessary for Wilder as well.
Prediction – Wilder vs. Breazeale
I predict a mid-round knockout victory for Deontay Wilder. Both fighters are tall. Both fighters have a good jab. Both fighters are big punchers. However, I think Wilder’s speed and his experience give him the edge in this fight. Neither fighter has elite defense, but Breazeale’s shots are a bit easier to see coming. Breazeale is also a guy who, for the most part, stands right in front of you. He is there to be hit and all it takes is one shot from ‘The Bronze Bomber’.
Now, with that being said, we should not ignore the fact that Dominic Breazeale is a 255-pound power-punching heavyweight. He could quite possibly clip Wilder in an exchange and knock him out. But, on paper, the favorite has to be the champ. Wilder has proven so far that he has a pretty good chin and he will be entering this fight a bit heavier than usual, which I believe is a good thing.
Is there any chance this fight goes the distance? How much of a chance does Breazeale have to stop Wilder? Comment below with your prediction for Wilder vs. Breazeale.