SHOWTIME Sports will present live streaming coverage of fight week events as WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder defends his title for the ninth time against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale this Saturday live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In the main event of Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast, Wilder will make the ninth defense of his title in a matchup of 6-foot-7 heavyweights with a combined 90 percent knockout ratio. America’s only heavyweight champion, Wilder seeks to join elite company alongside Hall of Famers Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and more as just the 10th fighter in history to make nine or more consecutive successful heavyweight title defenses.
In the co-featured bout, WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. defends his title against former world champion Kiko Martínez and unbeaten super lightweight contender Juan Heráldez faces former world champion Argenis Méndez in a 10-round attraction that opens the telecast.
SHOWTIME will present live streaming undercard action and pre-fight analysis on social media platforms beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN will see former Cuban Olympian Robert Alfonso face Iago Kiladze in a 10-round showdown, 2016 Haitian Olympian Richardson Hitchins returning for his eighth fight at Barclays Center in an eight-round super lightweight bout against Alejandro Munera and 2016 U.S. Olympian Gary Antuanne Russell facing Marcos Mojica.
THURSDAY, MAY 16 – 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT
Final Press Conference – Barclays Center
FRIDAY, MAY 17 – 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT
Official Weigh-In – LIU Athletic Center
SATURDAY, MAY 18 – 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN – Barclays Center
SATURDAY, MAY 18
Post-Fight Press Conference – Barclays Center
Unbeaten WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder kicked off fight week Tuesday night with a media workout at world famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn before he defends his title this Saturday night against mandatory challenger Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
Wilder will look to defend his title for the ninth time in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. It will be Wilder’s fourth time defending his belt at Barclays Center, having scored knockouts in his three previous fights in Brooklyn.
Tickets for this BombZquad event can be purchased at ticketmaster.comand barclayscenter.com. Tickets also can be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
Here is what Wilder had to say Tuesday in Brooklyn:
“Dominic Breazeale is going to get knocked out in dramatic fashion on Saturday. I can’t wait. He’s like a fly in my ear. I’m going to get him out of there in a fashion no one has ever seen.
“I love coming to Brooklyn. The people here have adopted me. I’ve had some of my most dramatic knockouts here at Barclays Center. I’m looking forward to adding another one to my resume Saturday night.
“Dominic Breazeale asked for this. I didn’t seek him out. He came for me. This isn’t a gentleman’s sport. We have bad blood and it’ll be in the ring Saturday night.
“I learned from the Tyson Fury fight to stay patient. It was my moment and my time. I wanted to put on a great show and deliver the knockout. I rushed but Fury had to be perfect for 12 rounds, I just had to be perfect for two seconds.
“I’m a person who’s passionate about what I say and passionate about what I do. I’m the realest champion in the business. I show love everywhere I go. Love is the key to the world.”