Dominic Breazeale and Gifts of Paradise
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
*Photo Credit: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME
For the second time in less than 36 months, Dominic ‘Trouble’ Breazeale, 20-1 with 18 knockouts, Eastvale, California, will challenge for a share of the world heavyweight title. In terms of his chances to win a share of the title, Breazeale remains an underdog dark horse.
Breazeale’s lone loss came in June 2016, a seventh-round stoppage by world champion Anthony Joshua at O2 Arena in Greenwich, United Kingdom, for the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO World Heavyweight titles. Joshua still holds these world heavyweight titles.
Breazeale, having notched three comeback wins, will try his luck again on May 18, 2019, against 40-0-1 Deontay Wilder at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. With Jarrell ‘’Big Baby’ Miller getting set to fight Anthony Joshua for his titles at Madison Square Garden, what a long shot possibility it is for Breazeale and Miller to both win, and thus set up fighting each other for the unified heavyweight title-instead of Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II in 2020.
Breazeale currently has a lawsuit in progress in the United Kingdom from an incident at The Westin Birmingham Hotel two years ago, in which Breazeale claims cruiserweight Marcellos Wilder, Deontay Wilder, punched him in back of the head in front of Breazeale’s wife and children.
More recently, Breazeale sent some generous ‘gifts of paradise’ as a reward for winning to 6-12 Nebraska cruiserweight journeyman William Deets, in gracious thanks after Deets stopped previously undefeated Marcellos Wilder at 2:35 of the fourth round at Barclays Center on January 26, 2019. Breazeale send Detts shirts, sweatpants and a hat with the Dominic Breazeale ‘Trouble’ logo, and an IOU for a free steak dinner to celebrate his win with Breazeale at any time of his choosing. Breazeale undoubtedly hopes he can do the same thing to Wilder which Deets did to his brother. So inspired is Breazeale by the Deets victory over Marcellos, “I walk into the game room of my house (in California) and it’s highlighted (the Deets stoppage on a television screen in endless play). It runs on a reel, him (Marsellos Wilder) getting knocked out (and) it’s a beautiful thing.”
Breazeale, who by now has made it clear he does not like Marsellos Wilder would like the opportunity to shower the ultimate gift on himself-Marsello’s brother Deontay Wilder’s World Boxing Council World Heavyweight title belt. Such a ‘gift of paradise’ would be the ultimate revenge score around his waist. That is, not if Deontay Wilder can help it. Breazeale may hope he can against send more gifts of his ‘trouble’ merchandise to Deontay Wilder after beating him, like sent to William Deets after he beat Marsellos. Wilder’s boxing skill is more likely to give Breazeale trouble, in effect-a taste of his own medicine.
Breazeale is a wild card, given Wilder’s extreme knockout power. A 2011 Olympic Games participant in London at super heavyweight, at 6’7”, his height is the same as Wilder’s. Breazeale weighs 250 to 263 pounds, making him slower on his feet given Wilder’s 207 to 228 pound weight range. Wilder has a 83 inch reach, to Breazeale’s 81 ½ inch reach, a critical advantage where the smallest edge advantage counts in an tightly matched heavyweight affair. A survivor type opponent does not cut it against Deontay Wilder. Breazeale has an impressive 90 percent knockout ratio in nontitle fights. Breazeale has a 10 round decision win in 2015 over Fred Kassi, and two stoppage wins at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, in the eighth and ninth round, in his last two bouts, so he can win late.
The last four rounds of a championship bout are tricky at this level. Breazeale, with heart, stamina, courage, and determination, might make it there, but is unlikely to make it out. Wilder is predicted to win by stoppage between rounds nine and twelve. Breazeale could do somewhat better with is movement if his weight is down. Breazeale’s technical ability is very good, however Wilder will eventually overpower him. Wilder, it is duly noted, is not a world heavyweight champion known for leaving outcomes to the judges’ scorecards. Amen.
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