VIDEO: Deontay Wilder, Dominic Breazeale Involved in Hotel Altercation on Saturday Night
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Two heavyweights made headlines on Saturday night and it had nothing to do with what happened in the ring at the Legacy Arena.
In the hours following Deontay Wilder’s title defense against Gerald Washington, the WBC heavyweight champion was involved in an altercation at The Westin Birmingham, which is just down the street from the arena. Wilder and fellow heavyweight Dominic Breazeale got into some sort of scuffle and both parties have a completely different version of the story.
TMZ published a video from the incident but it’s difficult to make out exactly what went down between the two men and members of their party.
Breazeale, who won an undercard fight prior to Wilder-Washington, described the incident in a post on social media.
— Dominic Breazeale (@TroubleBoxing) February 26, 2017
Late Sunday, Wilder provided a statement on the night’s events on his Instagram account.
First and foremost, it is my honor to be the WBC heavyweight champion of the world and it was a wonderful experience defending my title in my home state of Alabama last night. Holding this title is a privilege and one that I cherish. I know that this privilege comes with a great responsibility, not just inside the ring but also how I conduct myself outside the ring. I am disappointed that attention has been diverted away from my title defense and my conduct has come into question, it is important that I set the record straight with regards to the incident that took place in the hotel last night with Breazeale. We all know there are two sides to every story and the story the world has been told thus far is wrong. Breazeale confronted my brother in the arena and told him he would kill my entire family. There were many witnesses to this. My brother was the one provoked. I was very upset when I heard about that incident. THIS IS MY ONLY BROTHER AND I AM HIS KEEPER. I did want to confront Breazeale, man to man and face to face, but just because we are fighters doesn’t mean we always have to act with violence and my only intention was to speak with him. I'm sure many of you have seen me on many occasions and those that know me knows I don't travel with a Big Entourage In Fact, I don't believe in it. I was accused of having a MOP OF 20 People and that's just ridiculous. I approached Breazeale in the lobby Alone as my Team stood back and immediately a member of his team grabbed me. My brother was punched, people close to Breazeale yelled cuss words at me, and I lost my cool. My only concern was the safety of my family and my only brother. First, I did NOT throw a punch. Second, I did NOT make a comment about Breazeale’s children. Anything else you have heard is a lie because no matter how heated or protective I may be, I’m not the kind of man to go after someone’s kids. I understand how this incident looks given that I am heavyweight champion, but I want to ensure people I did not act in the manner Breazeale has claimed and the videos are clear about that. The statements from his team were untrue and a defamation of my character. I will go to great lengths to prove that
We might not know exactly what happened, but these types of incidents can only help drive interest in the heavyweight division of boxing. Wilder has a mandatory rematch with Bermane Stiverne next, but a Breazeale bout might not be too far behind.