Custer On Wilder/Breazeale: "I'm Glad We Had Security"

Deontay Wilder and Dominic Breazeale do not like each other – at all

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May 17, 2019 - 11:32 am
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Deontay Wilder is very much looking forward to his fight with Dominic Breazeale at the Barclays Center on Saturday. In fact, Wilder went Ivan Drago this week, saying of Breazeale, “If he dies, he dies.”

Needless to say, Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) and Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs) don’t like each other very much.

“Luckily we had security (Thursday),” Showtime Boxing analyst Brian Custer said on Ferrall on the Bench. “They don’t like each other. That is evident. I even told them, ‘You guys are prizefighters. You get paid for throwing punches in the ring, not out of the ring.’ But they wanted to get at each other then. I’m so happy they had security today. To me, that’s probably the biggest intrigue going into this fight: these two simply do not like each other because they fought on the same card in Alabama two years ago.”

Indeed, in February 2017, Wilder and Breazeale scored fifth-round knockouts of Gerald Washington and Izuagbe Ugonoh, respectively. Later that night, there was an altercation between the Wilder and Breazeale camps in a hotel lobby in Birmingham.

"They both have very different versions of what happened in that hotel,” Custer said. “Breazeale says it was Wilder’s brother and him who threatened his family; Wilder says it was the opposite, that it was Breazeale who threatened his brother and that his people had to protect his family because Breazeale was a mad man. You saw the footage on TMZ. Trust me: they are going to put some hands on each other come Saturday night.”

Click below to listen to Custer’s interview in its entirety.