SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 16, 2019 – No matter how much trash talk takes place ahead of a big time prize fight, the time for talking comes to an end. As the cliche goes, talk is cheap. But talk can hype an otherwise ho-hum fight.
Heavyweights Deontay Wilder of Tuscaloosa, Alabama (40-0-1, 39 KOs) and Dominic Breazeale of Eastvale in Riverside Count, California (20-1, 18 KOs) have had plenty to say to each other, going back long before Saturday’s championship bout was made. Wilder and Breazeale have legitimate bad blood between them. Following an argument ringside earlier in the evening, an encounter between Breazeale and Wilder’s family in a Birmingham, Alabama hotel in 2017 turned plenty ugly. Breazeale claimed Wilder’s brother sucker punched him. Breazeale filed a lawsuit. but it went nowhere.
At this week’s final media workout, Wilder noted it’s legal in boxing to kill a man, saying “This isn’t a gentleman’s sport.”
“This has been a long time coming for me and Dominic. He asked for this, and he shall receive. Just like the Bible says,” said Wilder. “I want to hurt Breazeale so bad, my blood is boiling right now.” Wilder added that Breazeale shouldn’t let his children watch the fight.
Breazeale brushed off the remarks at a news conference the following day. “Wilder doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into. He’s in for a fight. He better be confident in his abilities because Saturday night, he’s going to be in the toughest fight of his life. I’m going to beat Deontay so bad that he’s not going to ever want to lace up the gloves again, nor is he going to be physically fit or able to lace up the gloves again.
“None of Deontay’s words affect me at all. He’s going to keep barking, and I’m just going to keep waiting. I’m going to quiet him down on Saturday night,” said Breazeale.
Social media and boxing observers have been debating just how bad Wilder’s remarks are. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said Wilder’s remarks were against the sanctioning organization’s code of ethics and would be addressed later. Supporters pointed to similar remarks by Roberto Duran and Mike Tyson, which were taken at the time as nothing more than fight hype.
Whether you consider the comments within the context of a combat sport or not, they have added some spice to a fight few believe will be as entertaining or competitive as Wilders hair-raising fight against Tyson Fury in December which ended in a draw after Fury got off the canvas from a potentially fight ending knockdown.
Wilder vs Breazeale fight prediction: One punch ends it
Breazeale, who certainly has a puncher’s chance with decent though not exceptional power and a better than average chin, isn’t particularly tricky like Fury or as hard a puncher as Luis Ortiz. Amir Monsour and Izu Ugonoh. both knocked Breazeale down. He cannot stand and trade with Wilder. Wilder struggled to find Tyson Fury, but he won’t have any trouble finding “Trouble” Breazeale.
Wilder needs to develop a Plan B. To date he has always been able to make Plan A work: his straight right hand, one of boxing’s best. When Wilder can change any fight with one punch, he can put a scare into most opponents before they step into the ring. No need for the trash talk.
Breazeale is plenty brave and he had limited success fighting at close quarters against Anthony Joshua, but the outcome was inevitable. The most interesting aspect of this fight lies in comparing Wilder’s performance against Breazeale against Joshua’s performance. Joshua took out Breazeale in seven rounds.
For Breazeale’s sake and the fans, here’s hoping he makes the fight competitive and cooler heads prevail once the final bell sounds.
Gary Russell Jr. comes out to play on undercard
On the undercard, WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. of Maryland (29-1, 17 KOs) faces Kiko Martinez of Spain (39-8-2, 28 KOs) in his annual appearance. No one can figure out why the ultra talented Russell fights so infrequently. Even more infuriating is why he keeps passing on potential unification fights with fellow titleholders like Santa Cruz, Warrington, and Valdez.
Wilder vs. Breazeale main card (Provided by CBS Sports)
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is a veteran boxing observer covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on social media at@PRProSanDiego.
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