Deontay Wilder next fight: When does Bronze Bomber return to action? Who is he facing? Where is it?
Deontay Wilder will defend his world title against Dominic Breazeale this summer.
Wilder, who has held the WBC heavyweight crown since January 2015, will put his belt on the line for ninth time against fellow American Breazeale.
The Bronze Bomber’s last fight saw him involved in one of 2018’s best bouts when he and Tyson Fury produced a thrilling draw in California.
A unification fight again Anthony Joshua has been talked about for months but negotiations between the two camps came to nothing and Wilder will now fight mandatory challenger Breazeale.
Wilder is expected to face Joshua in the near future while a rematch against Fury is also on the cards.
All three superstar heavyweights have fights this summer and Wilder will need to see off Breazeale if he is to secure another mega-money bout later this year.
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Deontay Wilder next fight: When is he returning?
Wilder will take on Breazeale on May 18 at the Barclays Center in New York.
Breazeale, who lost to Joshua in June 2016, beat Puerto Rican fighter Carlos Negron in December last year to earn a shot at Wilder’s title.
The American rivals have history and are finally set to meet after years of trash talk stemming from a hotel lobby brawl in 2017.
But it seems Wilder has his sights set on bigger things down the line and has hinted at facing Joshua soon.
After confirming the fight in March, Wilder said: “Everyone wants to see the big fight. I don’t have to say what it is but everybody knows what it is.
“There’s certain things we have to do first. He [Breazeale] is a mandatory and I can’t go around that. We can only take one fight at one step at a time so enjoy this.”
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
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