Deontay Wilder is set to defend his World Boxing Council heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale, WBN can confirm.
A press conference will be staged in New York on Tuesday to reveal the details. Wilder is preparing to adhere to a recent WBC stipulation.
The fight is expected to take place on May 18 at the Barclays Center.
Breazeale has long-drawn history with Wilder after a bust-up with younger brother Marsellos a few years ago in a hotel lobby.
Since then, Wilder has wanted the fight. And this fact lead to WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman forging a solid path to the grudge match.
Wilder has recently been linked to switching his TV allegiances from Showtime to DAZN, a move which will be confirmed either way next week.
A big money check, revealed by WBN last week, has been offered to Wilder for his services until late 2020.
If accepted, Wilder would be able to push his BombSquad Promotions brand and effectively be his own boss.
One or two fights in 2019, followed by a double with Anthony Joshua, are on the table and worth upwards of $100 million to the American.
With Breazeale currently contracted to Al Haymon and Showtime, it could be a case of getting the grudge match out of the way before the switch.
Furthermore, Wilder v Breazeale could be televised by DAZN with Haymon’s blessing.
Should Wilder reject the deal, Breazeale could be followed by several also-ran bouts. Joshua and former rival Tyson Fury are tied up to alternative TV deals.
Fury signed for ESPN recently in a big money move. Whilst Joshua would only be available for an undisputed unification if Wilder joins the Brit on the streaming service.
The choice seems an obvious one for ‘The Bronze Bomber’.
Promoter Eddie Hearn wants Wilder to agree the contract in order to stage the biggest top division clash in some years next year.
Hearn said the only way the fight happens is with Wilder joining DAZN.
Accepting the terms would see Wilder have a choice from several star names for his second bout of 2019 in the fall.
Dillian Whyte, Oleksandr Usyk and potentially Wladimir Klitschko would be prominent in Wilder’s future, should it lie on DAZN.
Whyte has been promised a title shot in the next twelve months. Whilst Usyk moved up from cruiserweight and has aims to become a two-weight world champion.
Klitschko, on the other hand, is in training to measure whether his body could stand up to three more fights.
DAZN want the Ukrainian master to join the team for three contests before staying on as an ambassador.
‘Dr. Steelhammer’ is expected to announce his decision before the end of the month.
Wilder has the option of pushing through a Joshua fight this year, but only if the IBF give permission for AJ to avoid a mandatory with Kubrat Pulev.