By Chris Williams: Deontay Wilder has transformed his physique by adding a lot of muscle, and is looking really bulked up for his fight against Dominic Breazeale on Saturday night. Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) isn’t giving any hints about how much he’s weighing right now, bit he looks as big as he was for his fight with Eric Molina in 2015.
Wilder will be defending his WBC heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Breazeale this Saturday night on Showtime at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Wilder weighed 229 pounds for that match, and fought like he was tired at times. If Wilder was this big for his last fight against Tyson Fury, he probably would have sliced through him like he was a head of cabbage. Wilder weighed just 212 pounds for the Fury fight, and had problems with the size of the British heavyweight. Fury weighed 256 pounds . Yeah, Fury was probably carrying around an extra 30 lbs of fat around his waist, but it was still wait that Wilder had to deal with.
The worry for here is that if Wilder isn’t used to carrying around all that weight, he could gas out early if Breazeale is able to set a fast pace. Wilder looked sluggish and tired against Molina after the first four rounds. Molina wasn’t talented enough to take advantage of it.
”I’ve trained harder than I’ve ever trained. He’s got me inspired like I was against Bermane Stiverne. I want to hurt Breazeale so bad,” Wilder said. “I don’t believe Breazeale when he speaks…I’m going to bring the pain. Saturday night, everyone is in for a treat. It’s going to be an amazing night for me, and a sad night for him.”
Will Deontay Wilder’s extra size help him?
Wilder’s extra size is going to either help him or hurt him. It can’t be both. This writer remembers how sluggish Wilder was against Molina. The extra weight that Wilder put on for that fight didn’t help him at all. He looked slower, easier to hit, and his punches weren’t more powerful than they’d been in the past. Wilder is going to be outweighed in Breazeale even if he’s bulked up 20+ lbs to 235 lbs. Breazeale will come into the fight in the 250s, and be looking to use that weight advantage to crush Wilder. Breazeale is normally around 256 lbs, with a good portion of the weight being fat.
It might have been better for Wilder to come into the fight at his natural weight, and try and just focus on beating Breazeale with speed, agility and talent the way the 187 pound Jack Dempsey defeated the huge 6’6″ 245 lb. Jess Willard in the third round of their fight in July 1919. Dempsey used his speed to jump on the bigger, slower 37-year-old Willard to score a stoppage. Dempsey knocked Willard down seven times in the 1st round alone in that fight. Of course, the rules were much different back then compared to now. Dempsey stood over Willard and nailed him each time he would try and get back to his feet. Under the current rules, the fighter that scored the knockdown has to go to the neutral corner and wait for his opponent to get back up. Even then, the referee has toe restart the action. Wilder could have taken advantage of his speed against the 250+ lb Breazeale.
“These fighters always get into great shape and think they have the game plan to beat me,” Wilder said. “They think they’re going to catch me. It’s not going to work. Nothing this guy has prepared for is going to work.”
Breazeale looking in great shape
Breazeale looks in good shape for this fight. He looks noticeably thinner than he was for his last fight against Carlos Negron last December. Breazeale might have done himself better in trimming off weight than Wilder has in bulking up 20 pounds thinking he’s going to do better against him.