Opinion | May 13 2019

‘Deontay Wilder has no fundamental skills’

In his own words Dominic Breazeale insists that Deontay Wilder hasn't grown and he hasn't changed
Deontay Wilder
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury  |  Esther Lin/Showtime

I don’t see any fundamental skills in Deontay Wilder. I don’t see any successes on his part.

He’s been champion for about four years. He hasn’t grown. He hasn’t changed. Yes, he’s got a big right-hand but don’t we all in the heavyweight division? We all have knockout power.

So I think I’m walking into a fight where I’m the more skilled, more athletic and bigger, stronger guy.

I’m always looking for a huge knockout, something to impress the fans and impress the boxing community.

I’m never going to try too hard to get the knockout. I always let it come. But this one, it’s going to be a lot better success, it’s going to be a lot better sleeping May 18 the night after I win the title, if I get a knockout.

Don’t get me wrong. A win’s a win but at the same time I want to impress the world. I want to impress the boxing community with a big knockout. When I say big knockout one where my right hand, my left hand is going to make contact and he goes out, doesn’t get back up.

The personal thing from the outside of the ring makes the revenge factor. The gratification and the fact that my personal revenge, knocking out Deontay Wilder is a lot bigger than just an actual win or KO on any other given night.

dominic breazeale on Deontay Wilder

I’ve grown a lot in the last few years. The Anthony Joshua fight was an eye opener. It was good experience. I learned then that I was standing there a lot more and taking some damage that I didn’t need to take because of the big guy that I am.

As I said earlier, Wilder’s got a big right hand but so do I and I’ve got a big left hook. In the heavyweight division if you don’t have knockout power, you’ve got no reason to be in the division.

So yes, Wilder’s going to throw some leather and make some contact by all means. Boxing, it’s all about hitting and not getting hit. I don’t plan on getting hit a lot May 18 and if I do, I’ve been there. I’ve done that before.

At the same time I plan on putting on all the punishment. And if the right hand comes, so be it. I’ll deal with it. It’s part of boxing.

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