Ahead of his showdown with rival Deontay Wilder, Dominic Breazeale has admitted he believes Tyson Fury defeated the WBC champion in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.
The 2012 Olympian, who is now training under the guidance of Virgil Hunter, analyzed Wilder’s last performance against Tyson Fury.
Wilder retained his world title via split-draw decision.
“Yes, definitely. It gave me some better things to be focusing on and to hone in on at the same time. I was there in person,” said Breazeale.
“And I thought Fury won that fight. I know he got knocked down a couple of times but as far as the boxing, the world looks at him how he scored in a boxing match. Tyson outscored Wilder that night and won that fight.
“Fury did some good things. He had some great defensive movements. He did some good attacks as well as counter punching.
“On the other hand, Wilder did the same thing over and over like he’s done in his last four, five fights – over the last four or five years is throw the one, two and hopefully hope and pray that the right hand lands eventually.
“There were some things that I learned from the fight as well as some things I’ve continuously seen over and over, time and time again.”
In 21 professional fights, Breazeale has won 20 with 18 of those coming by knockout.
Meanwhile, Wilder is known as the hardest hitting puncher in the heavyweight division and looks to record his 40th stoppage.
Asked on the significance of producing a performance which entertains the crowd, Breazeale said: “Going into every fight is probably the biggest fight of your life. And I’m always looking for a huge knockout. Something to impress the fans and impress the boxing community.
“At the same time, I’m never looking for it. I’m never trying to surge and try too hard to get the knockout. I always let it come. But this one, it’s going to be a lot better success. It’s going to be a lot better sleeping May 18 the night after I win the title, if I get a knockout.
“Don’t get me wrong. A win’s a win but at the same time I want to impress the world. I want to impress the boxing community with a big knockout. When I say big knockout one where my right hand, my left hand is going to make contact and he goes out. Doesn’t get back up.”