Dillian Whyte reacts to Deontay Wilder’s KO of Dominic Breazeale – ‘Body Snatcher’ far from impressed

22 May

Dillian Whyte has refrained from giving Deontay Wilder any credit for his first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale.

The Brixton man has been pursuing the WBC heavyweight champion for a couple of years now and feels aggrieved at being overlooked for the mandatory position by the WBC.

Dillian Whyte is number one in the WBC rankings

Breazeale became the latest victim of Wilder’s explosive power on Saturday night and the Bronze Bomber has since received plenty of plaudits for the manner in which he disposed of his challenger.

However, Whyte took a different stance in his exclusive talkSPORT.com column.

“Plenty of people seemed to be raving about Wilder’s knockout victory over Dominic Breazeale at the weekend,” the ‘Body Snatcher’ began.

“But Breazeale is exactly the kind of guy you fight when you are trying to look good. How the hell can he be number four in the WBC rankings and the mandatory challenger?

“What has he achieved in his career? He’s far from the top level.

“He’s a nobody who only had three fights against other nobodies in the last three years and it’s a disgrace that he was mandatory.

Deontay Wilder’s right hand ended Dominic Breazeale

“Neither him nor Bermane Stiverne earned their status but were cherry-picked by Wilder as the only two mandatories he’s fought in four-and-a-half years.

“He’s meant to have at least one every year.

“Stiverne was 40 years old and completely out of shape having only had one fight in three years, against a journeyman, since losing the title to Wilder. What a joke!

“Wilder has been lucky. The WBC have been looking after him because he is their champion. He has a high KO record in his professional career but he has fought a lot of cabbages.”

Whyte will return against Oscar Rivas on July 20 at the O2 Arena in London, while there are rumours Wilder’s next defence will come in an autumn rematch with Luis Ortiz.

Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale: Anthony Joshua’s pre-fight words come back to haunt him

19 May

Deontay Wilder brutally knocked out Dominic Breazeale on Saturday night, causing Anthony Joshua’s pre-fight comments to backfire.

The WBC king obliterated his mandatory challenger in under one round, three years after AJ beat him for the first time.

Deontay Wilder defended his WBC title for the ninth time

Joshua stopped Breazeale in the seventh, and said to Sky Sports earlier this week: “Styles make fights, I think Wilder will fare well against Breazeale.

“I think Wilder is too quick, he’s a very, very fast heavyweight, but Breazeale is tough, took me seven rounds.

“I hope Wilder does it in nine, so I can be like, ‘Hey I done it earlier.’

“You know how it is, comparisons and stuff, but yeah it will be interesting to see.”

Anthony Joshua holds the WBA, IBF & WBO titles

With Wilder brutalising Breazeale in under three minutes, AJ’s comments have been made to look a little silly in hindsight.

However, if you compare their other two comment opponents, Joshua comes out on top as he stopped Jason Gavern in three, while Wilder did it in four.

The Brit also knocked out Eric Molina in three, and Wilder took nine.

Deontay Wilder’s big right hand ended Dominic Breazeale

Although the unified WBA, IBF and WBO champion did admit he’d like to better his rival, he also added: “You look at the small things, I look at the small details.

“When he’s getting tired, how many right hands he throws in a round.

“I look at something different, rather than comparisons to the rounds.”

Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale result: WBC heavyweight champion obliterates challenger with destructive first-round KO

19 May

Deontay Wilder demolished his mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale within one round on Saturday night in New York.

The WBC heavyweight champion retained the world title in quick fashion, though it wasn’t without a rocky moment.

Deontay Wilder’s big right hand ended Dominic Breazeale
The challenger had no chance of recovering in time to make the count

In the opening seconds, Wilder hurt Breazeale with a right hand on the top of the head that had him stumbling back across the ring.

However, while on his back foot, the California man smashed back at the Alabama king and returned the favour.

With both men on wobbly legs, it suddenly became a question of who recovered quickest, and it was Wilder who managed to do this.

A few seconds later, the fight was all over as he knocked out his mandatory with a classic, gigantic, pure-power right hand.

Wilder defended his WBC title for the ninth time

“Everything just came out of me tonight,” Wilder said after the finish.

“There was a lot of animosity, a lot of words that were said. It just came out tonight.”

Regarding potential bouts with Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, he added: “These fights will happen, the big fights will happen.

“Good things come to those who wait.”

Deontay Wilder: Conor Benn says American should be CHARGED BY POLICE over murderous Dominic Breazeale talk

17 May

Rising British welterweight Conor Benn has told talkSPORT that Deontay Wilder should face police charges for suggesting he could ‘kill’ Dominic Breazeale.

The WBC heavyweight champion will defend his title against fellow countryman and bitter rival Breazeale on Saturday night, and has shocked the boxing world with his pre-fight comments.

Conor Benn is now 14-0 (9 KOs)

Wilder initially stated he wants a ‘body’ on his record during a media day in which he also pointed out that boxing ‘is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time.’

He concluded: “It’s legal, so why not use my right to do so?”

After hearing this, Benn told Jim White on talkSPORT: “To kill a man, to go into a fight with that mentality, he should be charged. There’s obviously something not right there.

“Even if he is just building the fight, even he’s just really hyping the fight, what happens if he does get put in a coma?

“Well then, he should be charged.”

Deontay Wilder made serious threats about Dominic Breazeale
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WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman announced on Thursday that their heavyweight champion will now face a hearing to explain his comments, which he branded ‘completely against the spirit of our sport.’

When asked if he thought Wilder should be stripped of his belt, Benn continued: “More than that. You’re going in there intentionally to kill someone? Why should that be legal?

“No, we go into the ring to show we are better class, better skilled and a better fighter all round.

“Not going in there to really try and hurt someone. I couldn’t think of anything worse…

Conor Benn was disgusted by Wilder’s comments

“He’s just coming out with, ‘I’m gonna kill the man and it’s legal.’

“Nah, that’s horrible. That’s horrendous, spiteful and evil. There’s no room for that in this sport. It’s a gentleman’s sport.”

Sadly, the Benn family have first-hand experience with boxing tragedies.

When Conor’s father, Nigel, knocked out Gerald McClellan in 1995, the American collapsed in his corner and suffered a blood clot on the brain.

He survived, but is today almost completely blind and mainly uses a wheelchair to move.

Nigel Benn vs Gerald McClellan ended in tragic circumstances

Benn concluded: “Even if he is just saying it to build the fight, what if it does happen?

“I pray to God that nothing does happen because I don’t know if maybe Deontay could live with that.

“Because I’ve seen my Dad struggle with what he done to McClellan. You see that and it’s horrendous…

“My Dad’s not the same man he was back then. Now he’s got a lot more soft-hearted.”

Since making the initial comments, Wilder has doubled down on his remarks and stated that he would be willing to pay for Breazeale’s funeral.

Deontay Wilder to face WBC hearing for ‘kill’ comments regarding Dominic Breazeale

17 May

Deontay Wilder will face a WBC hearing after suggesting he could kill his opponent Dominic Breazeale on Saturday night.

The WBC heavyweight champion is set to defend his title against his bitter US rival in New York and has caused a big stir on fight week.

Deontay Wilder is the WBC heavyweight champion

Wilder initially stated he wants a ‘body’ on his record during a media day in which he also pointed out that boxing ‘is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time.’

He concluded: “It’s legal, so why not use my right to do so?”

After hearing the comments, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman posted: “I have seen Deontay Wilder’s comments which are regrettable and completely against the spirit of our sport.

“I have known Wilder for a long time and he is not the person he portrays in such comments.

“His metaphors are against the WBC code of ethics and will be addressed in a hearing.”

Bellew blasts ‘moron’ Wilder for his comments about Breazeale’

A similar situation emerged following an interview Wilder did in March of last year.

At that time, Sulaiman said his comments were also against the ‘code of ethics,’ but no action was taken.

Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale: WBC champion shockingly doubles down on kill comments – ‘I can pay for his funeral’

17 May

Deontay Wilder has added more fuel to the fire following controversial comments in which he suggested he could kill his opponent Dominic Breazeale on Saturday night.

The WBC heavyweight champion defends his title against his bitter US rival at the Barclays Center in New York and has caused a big stir on fight week.

Deontay Wilder will face a WBC hearing to explain his comments

Wilder initially stated he wants a ‘body’ on his record during a media day in which he also pointed out that boxing ‘is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time.’

He concluded: “It’s legal, so why not use my right to do so?”

Now, two days later at the final press conference, the 33-year-old has doubled down on the remarks.

Deontay Wilder caused uproar with his remarks
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Wilder told media: “If anybody thinks this is a game, you better close your eyes when the TV comes on.

“Or, if you’re there, you better bring your blindfold.

“Because this is gon’ be a tragedy. It’s gon’ be a tragedy.”

He concluded his session by answering a quite astonishing question from a reporter who asked him if he will be paying for Breazeale’s funeral after their fight.

“That’s the least I can do, I can pay for the funeral,” Wilder replied.

Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale undercard: Tale of the tape, what the fighters have said and more

16 May

Deontay Wilder will take on Dominic Breazeale in New York City and there’s a stacked undercard for the big bout tonight.

The Bronze Bomber will put his WBC heavyweight title on the line for the ninth time.

Deontay Wilder is set to take on Dominic Breazeale in New York City

The fight will take place at Barclays Center in the Big Apple in the early hours of Sunday, May 19 UK time.

It will be Wilder’s first bout since his incredible draw with Tyson Fury last year and could lead to a must-wanted blockbuster showdown with Anthony Joshua.

But before that, the crowds of NYC and fans around the world will be able to enjoy another feast of boxing.

Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale: Undercard

Gary Russell Jr vs Kiko Martinez (WBC world featherweight title)

Juan Heraldez vs Argenis Mendez (lightweight)

Robert Alfonso vs Iago Kiladze (heavyweight)

Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale live stream: TV channel and how to watch, plus UK start time

Gary Antonio Russell vs Saul Eduardo Hernandez (bantamweight)

Gary Antuanne Russell vs Marcos Mojica (super lightweight)

Kenny Robles vs Roy McGill (super lightweight)

Dylan Price vs Manuel Salvador Manzo (super flyweight)

Deontay Wilder will defend his title against Dominic Breazeale

Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale: Tale of the Tape

Wilder – Breazeale

Nationality: American  – American

Age: 33 – 33

Height: 6ft 7 – 6ft 7

Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox

Reach: 83 in – 81.5 in

Record: 40-0-1 – 21-1-0

KOs: 39 – 18

Rounds: 135 – 86

Debut: 15/11/2008 – 9/11/2012

Nickname: The Bronze Bomber – Trouble

Deontay Wilder and Dominic Breazeale shared a heated press conference
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What the fighters have said

Deontay Wilder:Believe me right now, this is the truth. This is going to be an early night for me.

The [UK fans] can set their alarms to get up and I promise that they’ll be back in bed in no time because an early knockout is coming. I can just feel it.

“This guy has wanted this fight for so long now, but once that first bell goes, he’s going to see what every other heavyweight who has shared the ring with me has seen and that’s Deontay Wilder, the true king of the heavyweight division, the man who will be the man, and the man who will be the last one standing when all is said and done.”

Dominic Breazeale:A win for myself is a win for the world. Nobody no longer wants to see Deontay Wilder as WBC heavyweight champion.

“He’s a disgrace for not only American boxing, for heavyweight boxing in general.

“He talks the talk, he tries to get you flustered so he can get on his high horse and build up his confidence.

“I’m the wrong guy for that. For me it’s in one ear and out the other, I’m just going to smile in his face.”

‘Like a little chihuahua’ – Dominic Breazeale responds to Deontay Wilder ‘kill’ comments ahead of Saturday showdown

16 May

Dominic Breazeale has likened Deontay Wilder to a ‘little chihuahua’ in response to the latter’s murderous threats made earlier this week.

The bitter American rivals will square off with Wilder’s WBC belt at stake on Saturday night in New York, and neither are willing to back down in the build-up.

Dominic Breazeale is the WBC mandatory challenger
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At his media workout, Wilder caused mass controversy by telling reporters: “His life is on the line for this fight… and I do mean his life.

“I’m still trying to get me a body on my record…

“This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time.

“It’s legal, so why not use my right to do so?”

Deontay Wilder caused uproar with his remarks earlier this week
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Now, a day later, Breazeale has replied at his own media training event.

“I’ve been staying away from the interviews,” he said. “Wilder’s been saying some crazy stuff.

“I don’t think he means it man, I think he’s in a situation where he’s got to talk and talk and talk until he finally feels comfortable in what he’s doing.

“He’s gotta build himself up just so he can feel like, ‘I’m able to do this, I’m able to do that’.

“I haven’t looked at it the way most people have looked at it, I know he said he wanted a body on his record and he wanted to kill me.

“Let him say all he wants to say, that’s like a little chihuahua barking and barking at the fence. As soon as the fence gets opened up, he’s like, ‘Uhh, damn, what do I do now?’.

Breazeale thinks Wilder is all bark and no bite

“Come Saturday night, man on man, one on one, we in the ring, we’ve gotta square off. You’ve gotta do what you’ve been saying you’re gonna do.”

Deontay Wilder sends message to ‘p***y’ Anthony Joshua ahead of Dominic Breazeale fight

15 May

Deontay Wilder didn’t need much provocation to fly into a rant about Anthony Joshua at the media workout ahead of his fight with Dominic Breazeale.

The WBC heavyweight king was asked to give a message to the WBA, IBF and WBO champion just before hitting pads in front of the attending reporters.

Deontay Wilder put on a show in front of the press
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While in the ring, Wilder told Joshua: “Don’t worry p***y, I’m coming. Now you ain’t got nowhere to go. Now you want the boogeyman?

“You want the baddest man on the planet because you ain’t got nowhere to go?

“What about staying in England, yeah? What about ‘my people deserve it,’ yeah?

“You were just a big fish in a small pond. Welcome to America, baby.

Anthony Joshua is WBA, IBF & WBO heavyweight champion

“You gon’ get what I got for you. You gon’ get what‘s coming, trust me. Don’t worry.

“And, when that time comes, don’t deny all the offers.”

The 33-year-old also made additional references to his previous failed negotiations with AJ, claiming he rejected five attempts to make the undisputed fight happen.

Joshua’s side have made it clear they want to face Wilder this year, however the American’s side now say the bout won’t become a reality until 2020 at the earliest.