NORTHPORT, AL (WBRC) - Deontay Wilder has strong words about his upcoming fight.
The May 18 bout vs. Dominic Breazeale is Wilder’s ninth WBC heavyweight championship defense – and he doesn’t plan on it being his last.
“He’s definitely going hit the canvas just like everyone that’s came before him. It’s done,” Wilder said. “I have bad intentions. I don’t have any good intentions for him, I mean the worst of the worst for him. I won’t even say what’s truly on my mind, but people who have heard my interviews know it doesn’t have to be explained.”
Wilder returns to the ring for the first time since December when he recorded a draw with Tyson Fury. The superfight featured a knockdown by Wilder that took the world by storm. Even more surprising was that Fury got up after the 12th-round knockdown.
After the Fury fight, there was heavy speculation there would be a rematch. Instead, Wilder ended up with a deal with Breazeale, who is the WBC mandatory challenger.
“I wanted to do the Fury fight, but he didn’t want to it. And I understand why he didn’t want to do it,” he said. “I gave Tyson Fury a concussion and he had some memory loss as well. The highlight of that fight is me knocking him out and him getting up. So I understand him getting a lesser opportunity instead of taking the rematch. Who can blame him?”
Wilder and Breazeale do have history. The challenger has fought on Wilder’s undercard twice while in Birmingham. The two also got into a scuffle in a downtown Birmingham hotel lobby after Wilder knocked out Gerald Washington in February 2017.
That fight and the talk that ensued was used as motivation for Wilder, who said he had one of the best camps of his career, adding “the story behind this fight is what relit my fire.” The champ added Breazeale is the type of person who would spit water in your face, slip on it then sue you.
“Then he came up with a bogus story, and I’m a man so I can admit to all my wrongdoings, but when you have a man looking for sorrows and sympathies,” Wilder said, “I don’t like that.”
Wilder, who is under contract with Showtime and PBC, elected to have the fight on regular Showtime instead of pay-per-view, but he did say he’ll have more PPV fights in the future.
“I just don’t believe Dominic Breazeale is pay-per-view worthy. He’s basic cable worthy,” he said. “Of course, I’m one of the most exciting heavyweights in the division, but with him I don’t’ feel that he needs to be on pay-per-view. I was being fan friendly and I don’t want (fans) to pay for it if they don’t have to.”
Wilder enters the fight with a 40-0-1 record with 39 knockouts. Dominic Breazeale is 20-1, with his one loss coming in a title shot against IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
“May 18 is going to be an amazing fight, man. I’m looking forward to it. The fans should be looking for to it, as well,” Wilder said.