The American rivals are finally set to meet after years of trash talk stemming from a hotel lobby brawl in 2017. Wilder had been hoping to rematch Tyson Fury next, however the ‘Gypsy King’ opted out of their immediate second bout having signed a co-promotional deal to fight on ESPN instead.
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The champion was therefore ordered to defend against mandatory challenger Breazeale, who controversially earned the position with a win over Eric Molina over a year ago.
It was also announced on Tuesday that Showtime will broadcast the bout, confirming that the American champion knocked back an offer to join Anthony Joshua on DAZN.
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.
Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza explained: “It was critical for Deontay that this fight be available, not on PPV, but on Showtime.
“He’s made a decision that demonstrates his loyalty and a decision that guarantees financial success for a long, long time.”