Deontay Wilder defending title against Dominic Breazeale on May 18

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FILE – In this March 3, 2018, file photo, Deontay Wilder poses for photographs after the WBC heavyweight champion defeated Luis Ortiz in New York. In June, the World Boxing Association ordered Anthony Joshua sign to fight Alexander Povetkin or have his title stripped away. He signed, destroying chances of a Wilder-Joshua fight in 2018. […]

NEW YORK (AP) — WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title May 18 at Barclays Center against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale.

The fight comes two weeks before Anthony Joshua takes on Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden. Joshua holds the other significant heavyweight belts.

Getting Wilder and Joshua in the same ring could take time. Wilder’s expected opponent for the May fight, Tyson Fury, chose to look for other opponents rather than have an immediate rematch with Wilder. That pair fought to a draw in December.

The 33-year-old Wilder had won his first 40 fights, 39 by knockout, before the draw with Fury. Breazeale, also 33, is 20-1 with 18 KOs, with the loss to Joshua nearly three years ago. He has since won three times, twice at Barclays, to get his shot at Wilder.

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