Wilder, Breazeale Get Into Post-Fight Altercation in Hotel Lobby!

By Keith Idec

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Dominic Breazeale got his shot at Deontay Wilder much sooner than he expected.

The huge heavyweight contender and the WBC heavyweight champion got into an altercation late Saturday night in a hotel lobby after they won their respective bouts by knockout at nearby Legacy Arena. The incident occurred after Breazeale and Wilder’s younger brother, Marsellos Wilder, got into separate altercations at Legacy Arena and in the lobby of The Westin Birmingham, across the street from the arena.

Once Deontay Wilder arrived at the hotel from the arena, he went after Breazeale because Breazeale again got into it with Wilder’s younger brother, a former football standout and an amateur boxer. Multiple eyewitnesses told that the confrontation mostly amounted to pushing and shoving among many people, and eventually spilled outside.


The Birmingham Police Department helped restore order at The Westin Birmingham and neither Wilder nor Breazeale is believed to have been arrested.

Less than an hour earlier, Wilder mentioned during a post-fight press conference at Legacy Arena that he had a problem to settle with Breazeale.

“I’m a very respectful person,” said Wilder, a native of nearby Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “And when you come to my home, you’re gonna respect me as well, too. He had an altercation with my little brother. You don’t mess with my little brother. If you have a problem, you come to me and we can handle it. We can deal with it accordingly. So with that, I’ve got a problem with him. And it ain’t no problem that I wanna see him [about] in the ring. So I’ll see him.”

Wilder wasted no time “seeing” Breazeale, but it might not make it any likelier that a Wilder-Breazeale bout will occur anytime soon. The 31-year-old Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), who knocked out Gerald Washington (18-1-1, 12 KOs) in the fifth round Saturday night, wants to face the winner of a May 6 bout between WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs) and Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) in his next fight.

Breazeale, meanwhile, salvaged his career Saturday night on the Wilder-Washington undercard.

The 6-feet-7, 263-pound Breazeale (18-1, 15 KOs) overcame a fourth-round knockdown to drop powerful Polish prospect Izu Ugonoh (17-1, 14 KOs) twice in the fifth round and won by knockout. The dramatic comeback enabled Breazeale, of Eastvale, California, to avoid knockout defeats in back-to-back bouts.

Unbeaten IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) stopped Breazeale in the seventh round of his previous fight, June 25 in London.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Gambler1981 on 02-27-2017

[QUOTE=r1onnie2;17459119]Not at all you don't penalize him for fighting twice vs once, just want to see it against better opposition than Breazeale at this point.[/QUOTE] There aren't that many quality heavies though, Breazeale would have been soft though no doubt.…

Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 02-27-2017

Until the WBC mandates a Ortiz vs Stiverne fight for the #1 position, there's no way Wilder fights Ortiz. Too much risk for too little reward when he's looking at huge uni factions with Parker and especially Joshua or Klit…

Comment by r1onnie2 on 02-27-2017

[QUOTE=The Gambler1981;17456110]The WBC mandatory is in flux right now because of the Povetkin mess so there is none and nothing set up to even decide that. Ortiz is probably in the mix but does he fight Stiverne, or Pulev or…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 02-27-2017

[QUOTE=Kigali;17458245]What top dogs has Ortiz fought???[/QUOTE] Don't play games. Otherwise we'll ask exactly who these top dogs were that Deontay fought. He's fighting handpicked bums because he's a coward. He doesn't want to fight any of the threats out there.…

Comment by Kigali on 02-27-2017

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;17456862]I think you'll find that's all Wilder does. Runs his mouth without fighting the top dogs. Same old, same old.[/QUOTE] What top dogs has Ortiz fought???

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