NEW YORK – Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight crown against Dominic Breazeale in May following the collapse of his proposed rematch with Tyson Fury, it was confirmed on Tuesday.
Unbeaten heavyweight champion Wilder will face Breazeale on May 18 at New York’s Barclays Center after being ordered to make the defence by the WBC earlier this month.
“I’m very happy that I get a chance to get a mandatory out of the way, because I consider mandatories like flies buzzing around my head,” Wilder told a press conference in New York on Tuesday.
“They bother me. I’m busy. I have things that I want to do. I want to get him out of the way. I’m about to smash this fly.
“This is a personal fight for me. As the universe works, this is the perfect time.”