Press Release: Heavyweight Dominic Breazeale will take on Eric Molina in a twelve-round WBC title elimination match [unclear if it is a final eliminator] on the undercard of the WBC heavyweight championship showdown between Deontay Wilder and Bermane Stiverne at Broklyn, New York's Barclays Center. The Showtime-broadcast event will also feature former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter taking on Adrian Granados and Sergey Lipinets battling Akihiro Kondo for the vacant IBF junior welterweight title.
Breazeale (18-1, 16 KOs), who lives in Eastvale, California, is coming off a KO victory over Izu Ugonoh on Feb. 25. The 32-year-old Breazeale suffered the only loss of career in a heavyweight championship match against Anthony Joshua in London on June 25, 2016.
Molina (26-4, 19 KOs) has twice fought for a heavyweight title. In his first title shot the 35-year-old from Weslaco, Texas was knocked out by Deontay Wilder on June 13, 2015. Molina lost via TKO to Anthony Joshua in his next opportunity on Dec. 10, 2016. Molina bounced back with a majority decision victory against Jamal Woods in his last fight on Sept. 2nd.
New prices have been set for tickets to see the event live at Barclays Center, giving fans a cheaper opportunity to see Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion, in a rematch against the only contender who has taken him a full twelve rounds. "We've recognized that Deontay's opponent has changed, and we've restructured ticket prices to encourage as many fans as possible to attend a great night of fights, and the Heavyweight Championship of the world,'' said Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment, the promoter of the card. "Stiverne is thrilled for this second chance and he has nothing to lose. Bermane Stiverne is the only opponent that Deontay hasn't knocked out among his professional opponents. Deontay wants to fix that and Stiverne is looking to throw a wrench into Wilder's dream of heavyweight unification.''
Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) dethroned defending champion Stiverne in January 2015 via unanimous decision in what was his toughest fight up to that date. With the win, Wilder became the first American heavyweight champion in nearly a decade and he has gone on to defend the title five times. Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) remains the only Wilder opponent to go the distance with the hard-hitting Tuscaloosa, Ala., native who has knocked out every other professional opponent on his long resume.