Breazeale or Whyte to Face Wilder

By Robert Ecksel on February 12, 2019
Breazeale or Whyte to Face Wilder
Their fight in December ended in a controversial split decision draw. (Getty Images)

Fans of heavyweight boxing have been looking forward to the rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury…

Fans of heavyweight boxing have been looking forward to the rematch between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury.

Their fight in December fell short of being Fight of the Century, but it was an exciting contest with some give and take that ended in a controversial split decision draw after 12 rounds.

The WBC, having heard the clamoring that they do it again, immediately sanctioned a rematch.

What happened between now and then is something of a mystery. But the WBC announced today that Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs) and Dillian Whyte (25-1, 18 KOs) both of whom were stopped by Anthony Joshua, have been ordered to fight to establish the mandatory challenger to Wilder’s crown.

In a statement the WBC said, “In order to provide activity to the heavyweight division and address the rights of Breazeale as mandatory challenger, the WBC is ordering a fight for the interim championship.” 

Whyte has been the busier of the two fighters and has faced stiffer competition. But Breazeale had already been named mandatory challenger before stopping Carlos Negron in his last fight.

But since Whyte is the current WBC Silver heavyweight champion, a well deserved but admittedly minor title, it appears Breazeale has been demoted as the mandatory, which he’ll regain should he get by Whyte, which won’t be easy.

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  1. don from prov 12:41pm, 02/14/2019

    Braezeale has done nothing in his career but prove that Joshua can knock him silly.  The many ridiculous levels and forms of championships in boxing is only rivaled by the ridiculous state of the heavyweight division, a state that might break the time/space barrier and exist forevermore just as it is.

  2. Lucas McCain 11:41am, 02/14/2019

    Someone please remind me what this means.  Wilder is not being stripped for fighting Fury, is he?  Will the winner of Whyte-Braezeale be the mandatory challenger for the Wilder-Fury 2 winner?  What is an interim champion, when the WBC already has two World champions, one Regular and one Silver.  (Or, Plain and Peanut as the old candy ad has it.)  There are more alternate Realities here than in a sci-fi film or in a presidential press release.

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