American professional boxer Dominic Breazeale is set to fight Eric Molina on November 4 at the Barclays Centre in New York after weeks of speculation and uncertainty regarding the opponent he would face.
He will be returning to the ring on the Premier Boxing Champions series event on Showtime Extreme, where he was originally scheduled to fight Bermane Stiverne. It was stipulated that the winner of that bout would face either Deontay Wilder or Luis Ortiz.
However, with Ortiz being tested positive for banned substance, Stiverne was promoted to the main event against Wilder, leaving Breazeale without an opponent.
Although, his adviser Al Haymon told his client to continue training and guaranteed to resolve the bizarre situation at the earliest.
“It's always disappointing when a fight gets cancelled," Breazeale said, as per Boxing Scene.
"But this one more so because what was at stake, a shot at the WBC world heavyweight championship and an opportunity to take care of personal business.
“Nevertheless, I stayed in the gym working hard and my adviser Al Haymon told me it would work out.”
The name of WBC international heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte came into the mix, with an offer to fight on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev on October 28 in Cardiff, Wales.
Despite promoter Eddie Hearn initially feeling confident an agreement could be reached it never came to fruition.
“I am open to fighting anyone in the heavyweight division and Dillian Whyte is no exception," Breazeale explained.
"I stated I was willing to fight him and I believe that his team thought they could take advantage of the situation due to the fact that I had no opponent.
“Eddie Hearn said there was a substantial offer that was made and the offer that was presented was far from substantial.”
The 32-year-old’s fight against another Joshua victim, Molina will now become the WBC heavyweight title eliminator.
Breazeale commended the effort of Haymon and disclosed his pleasure of the outcome of the scenario after the Stiverne saga.
He continued: "I am glad everything worked out the way it did. I trust my adviser Al Haymon and I know he has my best interest at heart. That's why everyone wants to sign with him. He takes cares of his fighters.”
“With that being said, I can't wait to get back in the ring and give the fans a show. I know Eric Molina is a banger and he's coming to fight.
“He now has an opportunity to fight for the WBC world heavyweight title again and I know he is coming to win.
“The plan is to finish camp like I had planned originally and come to New York on November 4th and get that win and be ready to face the winner of the main event. Other than that, there's not much more to say.”