DEONTAY WILDER and Dominic Breazeale took to the scales for their WBC heavyweight title clash today.
The two will fight at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn on Saturday (May 18).
Breazeale, the challenger who in 2016 was halted by the WBO, WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua, weighed 255½lbs.
Wilder is a tall, powerful fighter. He scaled 223¼lbs, more than 10 pounds heavier than when he drew with Tyson Fury last time out in December. It’s heaviest Wilder has been since 2016.
“I’ve trained harder than I’ve ever trained. He’s got me inspired like I was against Bermane Stiverne. I want to hurt Breazeale so bad. I’m going to keep my composure until that time comes Saturday night,” Wilder said at the press conference this week. “These fighters always get into great shape and think they have the game plan to beat me. They think they’re going to catch me. It’s not going to work. Nothing this guy has prepared for is going to work.”
“I hope he brings the best he can bring. This is more than just a boxing match. I’m passionate about what I do. This has been a long time coming for me and Dominic. He asked for this, and he shall receive,” Wilder added. “It’s going to be an amazing night for me, and a sad night for him. Being heavyweight champion is a big responsibility. Not everyone is made to be a champion. It’s more than being glamorous or carrying around this prestigious belt.”
Breazeale countered, “I’m too mentally in-tune to be focused on what someone says. When I go into a fight I don’t worry about what my opponent can do, but about what I want to do and how I can execute.
“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.”