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Sky Sports picks up Wilder-Breazeale

Deontay Wilder’s upcoming title defense will air on the British television network.

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As WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder readies himself to defend his title against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale on May 18, the titleholder has struck a deal with British network Sky Sports to air the fight live in the U.K. Wilder’s last fight against Tyson Fury was aired on rival British network BT Sport.

Adam Smith of Sky Sports made this announcement on the deal today:

“Deontay Wilder’s WBC title fight with Dominic Breazeale kicks off a massive three weeks for the heavyweight division,” Smith told Sky Sports. “All eyes will be on ‘The Bronze Bomber’ as he defends the WBC belt in New York, and the following weekend cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk joins the top division by taking on Carlos Takam on May 25, also live on Sky Sports.

“Wilder and Usyk set the scene in the heavyweight landscape before Britain’s unified champion Anthony Joshua marks his US debut against unbeaten challenger Jarrell Miller at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 1, live on Sky Sports Box Office.”

At this time one can only hope that Sky’s interest in this bout is acting as a precursor to a much bigger prospective fight between Wilder and Anthony Joshua (who is aligned with the network for UK broadcasts) down the line, but that still appears to be an uphill battle at the moment.