Published: Thu, March 21, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wilder to defend title vs Breazeale

Wilder to defend title vs Breazeale

Wilder v Breazeale will be televised by Showtime.

Getting Wilder and Joshua in the same ring could take time. I have things that I want to do.

Unbeaten heavyweight champion Wilder will face Breazeale on May 18 at New York's Barclays Center after being ordered to make the defence by the WBC earlier this month.

"One thing about me is that I want to fight the best. I've got a lot of options here with heavyweights at PBC".

However, shortly after Fury announced his new ESPN deal, it was announced that the bout wouldn't be happening for a second time as Fury wanted a different fight in between the original and the rematch.

The two rivals looked as good as locked in for a rematch and both men were saying all the right things in regards to their pursuit of Anthony Joshua, who now holds three of the four versions of the world title.

Joshua faces American Jarrell Miller in NY on 1 June, while Fury's decision to sign a television deal with ESPN has led to him facing an as yet unnamed opponent before any rematch with Wilder takes place.

"I hold the keys in the division", said Wilder.

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Fast forward to the present day though and any sign of another golden era of heavyweight clashes between the three big men now looks consigned to dust.

Showtime president Stephen Espinoza kept mum about the details of Wilder's contract with the network, but told SN: "We've got a deal in place and we're continuing to discuss long term with Deontay".

Indeed, should Wilder pull off what he claims will be a "massacre" of Breazeale, another meeting with Fury eventually could happen.

Wilder had been in negotiations for a rematch with Britain's Fury after the two men fought an epic draw in Los Angeles last December which reignited interest in the heavyweight division.

"You got dropped by a cruiserweight", Wilder said toward Breazeale during Tuesday's press conference, before proceeding to yell at his opponent the entire length of the faceoff and beyond.

"Complex and complicated. It's that way when making the very biggest fights".

"Because fighters, I understand, they have choices". Neither of them actually want to fight Joshua. We made this offer to try and make it easier but there you go.

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