Deontay Wilder will make the ninth defence of his WBC heavyweight title when he faces Dominic Breazeale at the Barclays Centre in New York.
The 33-year-old will be hoping to return to winning ways after his controversial split decision draw against Tyson Fury last year.
Breazeale has worked his way into a mandatory position with a three-fight winning streak since the only loss of his dominant career thus far – against unified multi-title holder Anthony Joshua back in June 2016.
Despite fans and the boxing world calling for an undisputed match-up between Wilder and Joshua, the two fighters were unable to come to terms.
Wilder vs Breazeale takes place at the Barclays Centre in New York City, New York on 18 May.
For UK fight fans, it’ll be a late one. The ring walks will likely be around the 3am mark (at the earliest).
In the United States, it’ll be shown on Showtime and in the United Kingdom, it’s live on Sky Sports. If you’re a subscriber then you get this one as part of your package deal – no extra paying! But you’ll have to stay up late.
The WBC heavyweight title – arguably boxing’s biggest and best – is at stake.
Wilder’s record is 41 fights, 40 wins, 39 by way of knockout and one draw. Breazeale’s is 21 fights, 20 wins, 18 by KO and one defeat to AJ.
If both men win their fights, the obvious next one to make is Joshua vs Wilder. But as we’ve seen for the past year and a half, it won’t be made easily. Promotional wars, money and venues all come into play and it’s a difficult one to get over the line. The hunch is that it won’t be made because both Wilder and Tyson Fury have already spoken at length about having their rematch after.
In summary, it looks like an undisputed fight will have to wait until at least 2020.
What is the full fight schedule?
Gary Russell Jr vs Kiko Martinez
Juan Heraldez vs Argenis Mendez
Deon Nicholson vs Brian Howard
Robert Alfonso vs Iago Kiladze
Richardson Hitchins vs tbc
Dylan Price vs tbc
Kenny Robles vs tbc
Wilder to win by knockout. He needs to make a statement after his performance against Fury and with Breazeale such a defensive fighter, opportunities will be there for the Bronze Bomber to unload – and after a few clean hits the challenger will go down. I think it’ll take Wilder around 10 rounds to end this one.