Deontay Wilder: WBC Champions Set to Fight Dominic Breazeale After Tyson Fury Rematch Collapse

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World heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has been ordered by the WBC to defend his title against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale.

The WBC had initially ordered Breazeale to face Whyte to determine who would face the winner of Wilder’s rematch with Tyson Fury. However, those plans were scuppered by Fury’s £80m ESPN deal.

A statement from the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman read: “The WBC Board of Governors have decided to enforce the ruling from the WBC Convention of October 2018 and is hereby ordering the following.

“WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder shall fulfil his mandatory obligations by fighting Dominic Breazeale next.

“This order constitutes the start of the free negotiations period for Champion Wilder’s mandatory defence of his title. If no agreement is reached between the camps, the WBC shall conduct a purse offer ceremony on April 4, 2019 at the WBC Offices in Mexico City, Mexico

Breazeale, 33, has lost one of his 21 fights – a seventh-round knockout by world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in 2016.

Unified champion Joshua will make the next defence of his WBA ‘super’, IBF and WBO titles against Jarrell Miller in Madison Square Garden on June 1.

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