Dominic Breazeale is open to a showdown with Dillian Whyte
WBC Heavyweight mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale (19-1, 17 KOs) has expressed interest in possibly fighting WBC Silver Heavyweight titlist Dillian Whyte (24-1, 17 KOs). This could be a very intriguing situation for both combatants. In that case, they both would be putting a lot at risk for the ultimate reward in the form of a title shot.
Many believed that Breazeale was going to be the next opponent to face WBC Undefeated Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder. However, with Wilder defending his title against Tyson Fury later this year, the 33 year old California native is now looking for other ways to stay active.
This leads us to Whyte, whom it seems the WBC has been skipping over. The 30 year old British fighter has participated in two WBC title eliminator match-ups. After fighting Robert Helenius and Lucas Browne and capturing the #1 rated contender spot, he should presumably be the mandatory.
Whyte, in the past, has been very vocal about wanting to face Wilder but to his dismay, nothing has yet come into fruition. Earlier this year Whyte was ordered to face Luis Ortiz in a final WBC eliminator and opted out. Instead, he faced former WBO champion Joseph Parker and survived a very scary twelfth round. In the end, he was successful in capturing the WBO International Heavyweight title.
Breazeale has been quoted telling Sky Sports:
” You know, I thought the Whyte fight and myself was actually going to happen this year. He’s bound with the situation with the WBC and his silver belt, and I have the WBC mandatory. I only thought it was right for him and myself to get in the ring and square it off as the fans would love to see it, so hopefully that fight does come in the near future.”
Breazeale, like Whyte, suffered his first career loss at the hands of unified champion Anthony Joshua.
In prizefighting, the ultimate prize is the world championship. With both Wilder and Joshua busy with other opponents, this could be the next best fight in the heavyweight division.
By: Garrisson “Bo” Bland