By Tim Royner: Former two-time heavyweight world title challenger Dominic Breazeale still wants a fight with Dillian Whyte, and he sees himself knocking out the British fighter. Breazeale (20-2, 18 KOs) and Whyte were supposed to fight last year when the World Boxing Council ordered them to battle in a WBC title eliminator.
Breazeale, 34, ended up going straight into a title shot against former WBC champion Deontay Wilder and was promptly destroyed in a 1st round knockout on May 18, 2019. Since then, the huge 6’6″ Breazeale has been out of action, resting up.
Breazeale had planned on fighting in May
Until recently, the 2012 U.S Olympian Breazeale had planned on returning to the ring in May, but the current situation with world issues has prevented that from happening. Breazeale had these three fighters on his target list of potential opponents:
- Andy Ruiz, Jr.
- Joseph Parker
- Dillian Whyte
Of that bunch, Parker and Ruiz were guys that Breazeale had a better shot at fighting them than Whyte. The problem with Whyte is he’s the WBC mandatory challenger to Tyson Fury, and he’s going to want his title shot after he faces Alexander Povetkin next.
A win for Breazeale over Whyte would end his bid for a world title shot against WBC champion Tyson Fury. Whyte has been waiting for a title shot for a number of years, and he has himself to blame for not getting the fight.
Breazeale: I’d have the upper hand on Whyte
With Whyte scheduled to face Alexander Povetkin next, it would have been a longshot for Breazeale to get a fight against him. Nonetheless, Breazeale was still very much interested in facing Whyte, and he still wants that bout if boxing restarts.
“He’s a knockout artist, he loves to throw leather with bad intentions, and I like to do the same,” said Breazeale to skysports.com on Whyte. I think I have the upper hand on him as far as strength and athletic ability, of course, with size. I think I come out with the knockout win for sure.”
“My ability to have been in the ring with some of the best in the heavyweight division so far will be way too much for him. We were in some heavy contract negotiations,” Breazeale said of Whyte.
Although Breazeale has lost twice in his career, it’s come against big heavyweights with crushing power in Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. Breazeale has always come out on top when facing normal-sized heavyweights, and it’s believable that he could beat Whyte if he’s able to keep him on the outside.
Wilder caught Breazeale cold in knocking him out with a right hand to the head in the 1st round in their fight last year in May. Breazeale walked into a perfectly placed right hand from Wilder, and he never saw it coming. The shot dropped Breazeale flat on his back on the canvas, and he was too hurt to get back to his feet to resume fighting.
Breazeale’s best career wins have come against these guys:
- Carlos Negron
- Eric Molina
- Izuagbe Ugonoh
- Amir Mansour
- Fred Kassi
- Yasmany Consuegra
- Nagy Aguilera
- Devin Vargas