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Bronze Bomber to blast rival? Get Deontay Wilder v Dominic Breazeale tips

Leigh Copson 13 May 2019
Deontay Wilder in action (credit:Lionel Hahn/PA Wire/PA Images)

Deontay Wilder v Dominic Breazeale predictions for the world heavyweight title fight on Saturday, May 18. Will world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder return to winning ways when he defends against Dominic Breazeale? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Deontay Wilder v Dominic Breazeale

Deontay Wilder no longer boasts a perfect record following last December’s controversial draw with Tyson Fury, but he remains undefeated and he will aim to stay that way when he makes his latest defence of the WBC world heavyweight title against Dominic Breazeale in Brooklyn, New York on May 18.

‘The Bronze Bomber’ had been set for a rematch with Fury in his first outing of 2019, but the former heavyweight champion of the world shocked fans when he announced that he would not be agreeing to an immediate return meeting with the unbeaten WBC title-holder, and that left Wilder looking for a new opponent. But instead of setting up a mega-money unification clash with Joshua, he put pen-to-paper on what is something of a grudge match with fellow American Breazeale.

The pair were involved in an ugly hotel bust-up back in February 2017, with Breazeale claiming that he was attacked by the heavyweight champion in front of his family, and the challenger is eager to get his ‘revenge’ when they step inside the ring at Barclays Center.

“I can't wait to get my hands on him,” Breazeale told reporters. “What he did in Alabama in front of my family, I can never forgive him for nor will I ever forget. Even after the incident in Alabama, he continued to bring my sons into it.  I intend to make him pay come May 18 and shut him up once and for all.  One of the reasons I moved camp was to ensure I was in the best shape possible and I'm already there. [Trainer] Virgil [Hunter] has prepared me well and [the fight] can't come fast enough.”

Breazeale was so bitter about the incident that he sent gifts to boxed William Deets after he knocked out Wilder’s brother, Marsellos, back in January, but the champion claims that the challenger has twisted what happened that night in order to “sell sympathy” and he is ready to play the role of “judge” in Brooklyn.

“I’m coming to bring the pain,” he told reporters. “If you don’t understand that, you’ll see. My actions speak louder than my words. I’m not one of these guys that just talks just to hear myself talk or who’s cloud chasing or just to say some stuff, because I am who I am. I don’t waste my time. I’ve always been like that. This hasn’t just started because I’ve gotten into boxing. I became a champion. Anyone that’s been around me will tell you when Deontay’s speaking and saying something, even my managers and my trainers, they all will tell you when this guy speaks he means it.

“And the thing is that when I’m outside of this ring, a man comes to my city and starts chaos like that and then telling a bogus story, try to sell sympathy and wants people to show sympathy and remorse. I don’t like that. I don’t like that at all. He’s like one of these guys that will come into your establishment and waste water on the floor and slip on it just to sue you. What goes around comes around. This May 18, it will be my time. It’s punishment time. It’s judgement time. And I am the judge.”

So who will live up to their pre-fight comments? What we always knew about Wilder was highlighted in the Fury fight – technically he is not at an elite level and while he makes up for that with brutal fight-stopping power, if he cannot blast an opponent out of there he is in trouble. It could be argued that Breazeale is the better boxer on a technical level and him beating Wilder here would not be a gigantic surprise despite what the odds suggest, but the problem the challenger has is that we know he can be hurt and stopped.

Breazeale was unable to cope with the power Anthony Joshua sent his way in their June 2016 fight and was ultimately stopped in the seventh round, and we are likely to see similar scenes against another hard-hitting heavyweight champion here. The challenger may pose the champion a few problems early on, ensuring he makes it beyond the first six rounds like seven of Wilder’s last nine opponents, but at some point the ‘Bronze Bomber’ will connect with one of those trademark concussive blows and that will be it for Breazeale’s world title dream and ‘revenge’ mission.

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