American heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder will reveal on Tuesday that the ninth defence of his World Boxing Council title will be against Dominic Breazeale on May 18 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
But the most pertinent news is likely to be that the unbeaten 33-year-old will eschew a reported offer of a $100million, multi-fight deal to switch broadcasters and sign for burgeoning sports streaming platform DAZN – at least for now.
It means the heavyweight ‘Game of Thrones’ continues as the respective handlers and broadcast companies jockey into position to maximise leverage from fights involving Wilder, Tyson Fury and three-belt holding Anthony Joshua.
Telegraph Sport understands Wilder will announce his fight with Breazeale will be on Showtime TV network, with whom he has had a long broadcast deal, but he will leave his options open to make the switch between broadcasters after this fight.
In winning, Wilder can place Showtime and DAZN in a bidding war for his signature. If he chooses DAZN, it hastens a showdown for all the belts with Joshua. If Wilder stays at Showtime, there is a chance of a simulcast rematch with Fury, now signed with ESPN in the USA. It is a mess, frankly, predicated around the biggest purses that can be created. But it was ever thus in heavyweight boxing.