Deontay Wilder’s next heavyweight title defense will be against Dominic Breazeale on May 18 at the Barclays Center and will be televised live on Showtime.
Wilder fought to a draw on Dec. 1 in Los Angeles against Tyson Fury, which was the biggest fight of the year. He was expected to fight Fury in a rematch, but not long after Fury signed with Top Rank, Top Rank announced Fury would not take the immediate rematch.
“Deontay has made a choice that both represents loyalty and will be financially lucrative for a long, long time,” Stephen Espinoza, Showtime’s president of sports, said during a news conference Tuesday in New York.
Espinoza called it a “premium fight and a high-quality fight,” and noted it represented Showtime’s commitment to boxing.
Wilder is 40-0-1 with 39 knockouts. He had Fury down twice, including in the final round, during their Dec. 1 fight. Fury got up, though, and made it to the finish and the bout wound up a split draw.
Breazeale is 20-1 with 18 knockouts. His only loss was a seventh-round TKO to IBF-WBA-WBO champion Anthony Joshua in 2016.
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