Watch Wilder’s WBC title fight against Breazeale from 2am on Sunday May 19, live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event.
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 16/05/19 12:23pm
Dillian Whyte insists he will not be shocked if Deontay Wilder’s reign as WBC champion is ended by Dominic Breazeale this weekend.
Wilder defends his WBC heavyweight title against Breazeale at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in the early hours of Sunday morning, live on Sky Sports, and the winner could be a future opponent for Whyte, who is the WBC’s No 1 ranked contender.
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Alabama’s Wilder retained his belt following a split-decision draw with Tyson Fury last December, while he overcame a torrid seventh round to stop Luis Ortiz in March, and Whyte believes Californian Breazeale could seize his chance to dethrone the champion.
“I wouldn’t be surprised,” Whyte told Sky Sports. “Deontay Wilder, I wouldn’t want to be one of his handlers or his manager because they must have nightmares and headaches watching him fight all the time, because he’s not good at any one thing. He’s not a good boxer.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Breazeale beats him, because Breazeale seems to be tough and he seems like he can take a punch.”
Whyte is preparing to face Oscar Rivas at The O2 on July 20, live on Sky Sports Box Office, as the Londoner risks his WBC status against an undefeated rival contender.
Victory keeps Whyte in contention to finally receive his WBC title shot, with the 31-year-old favouring Wilder to find a finishing punch to break Breazeale’s resistance.
“I just see Wilder keeping out of the way of him and drawing him onto punches and just tagging him, because Breazeale is not very good defensively,” Whyte added.
“He takes a good punch and he’s got a lot of heart, and he will try to come to fight, but I just think Wilder using his speed against him and biding his time against him, drawing him out and then knocking him over mid-fight.”
Watch Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title fight against Dominic Breazeale at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, from 2am on Sunday May 19, live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event.