Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Dominic Breazeale on May 18 at the Barclays Center.The two fighters were present as the bout, which will be broadcast live in the U.S. by Showtime, was announced to the media at the venue in Brooklyn on Tuesday. Wilder is unbeaten in 41 fights, though his 100 percent win record ended last time out when he drew with Tyson Fury.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearA rematch between that pair was initially on the cards, but a failure to agree to a second meeting led to the WBC ordering its champion to face his mandatory challenger next instead.”It’s always a great thing to get mandatories out the way. I consider them like flies — they are always buzzing in your ear, especially at a time when you’re trying to do something for the heavyweight division,” Wilder told the media. “We need to see one champion. One face. One name. With that being said, that becomes a mighty task to complete. You need some cooperation from a lot of people to make that happen.”One thing about me is that I want to fight the best. I’ve been trying to prove to the world what I’ve been saying. This isn’t being arrogant, not being cocky, it’s what I believe in my heart. No one can take that away from me. I’m going to continue to believe that until someone takes it away from me.”Deontay Wilder literally talked to Dominic Breazeale for the entire faceoff.#WilderBreazeale pic.twitter.com/OsGxFZ1r1N— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) March 19, 2019Breazeale was stopped by Anthony Joshua when challenging for the IBF title back in June 2016 but is confident he will put an end to Wilder’s plan to unify the division.”I’m going to do something that everybody wants to see — I’m one of those guys that is sick of seeing him walk around with that belt,” he said. “I’m going to put him on his a—. Everyone will be in their seats, but they’ll be rising up when I knock him down — and they’re going to stay on their feet.” Breazeale is now working with trainer Virgil Hunter, who is best known for his partnership with former two-weight world champion Andre Ward.”I’m glad he’s got Virgil on his side, maybe he can show him something different, something to not get knocked out,” Wilder said of his opponent’s new partnership. “Maybe that’s impossible to do, though. Every man I’ve faced has landed on the canvas. I’m going to continue to do that. There is no man that is going to beat Deontay Wilder.”I bring the excitement in the heavyweight division. I hold all the keys in the heavyweight division. I am the man in the heavyweight division.”
It was a record-setting Sunday in the XFL.First, in the nation’s capital, there was a really, really long beer snake. Then, on the West Coast, the Vipers became the first team in the XFL to score over 40 points. That’s really the entire XFL experience in a nutshell. The Wildcats found their groove and halted the momentum of the Vipers, who jumped out to a big lead and let it slip away from their bind. Still, the game came down to the wire, and a Taylor Cornelius interception in the end zone sealed the loss for the Vipers.Earlier in the day, the Defenders downed the BattleHawks and grounded Jordan Ta’amu in DC. Ta’amu, arguably the league’s best QB, was bottled up and held to just six points on the day. In other QB news, Cardale Jones was benched in favor of Tyree Jackson, who guided the Defenders to the 15-6 win.Sporting News provided updates, highlights and more from Sunday’s Week 5 XFL action.MORE: The XFL is in ‘Madden 20′ thanks to a dedicated team that made it happenTampa Bay Vipers vs. LA Wildcats: Score, highlightsFinal: Wildcats 41, Vipers 3412:16 a.m. TAMPA BAY TURNOVER: Taylor Cornelius throws an interception in the end zone to end the Vipers’ comeback attempt. The Wildcats kneel on it for the hard-fought win.12:00 a.m. TAMPA BAY SCORING PLAY: Taylor Cornelius finds Reese Horn for six. Just over three minutes left in the game.11:53 p.m. LOS ANGELES SCORING PLAY: Boogie Roberts scoop-and-score of Taylor Cornelius for six more points and it looks like the Wildcats are going to pick up their second win on the season.BIG MAN SCOOP.BIG MAN SCORE.📺 @espn🖥 https://t.co/KmYoM9yc8e pic.twitter.com/gkxK3iwNPK— XFL (@xfl2020) March 9, 202011:43 p.m. TAMPA BAY SCORING PLAY: Tavecchio boots through a field goal. First points of the vipers for this half. 33-27 Los Angeles.11:33 p.m. LOS ANGELES SCORING PLAY: Josh Johnson finds Saeed Blacknall in the corner of the end zone for six more points. It’s Johnson’s fourth TD of the night.11:26 p.m. TAMPA BAY TURNOVER: We start the fourth quarter with Taylor Cornelius throwing a pick to Reggie Howard, all 6-3, 290 pounds of him. Wildcats threatening once again.Third quarter: Wildcats 27, Vipers 2411:13 p.m. LOS ANGELES SCORING PLAY: Josh Johnson finds Tre McBride, who was being treated for a rib injury, for the go-ahead score. The Wildcats came all the way back and now lead 27-24.THE @XFLWildcats TAKE THE LEAD!@Head8cke finds Tre McBride for the touchdown 🔥📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/LR4x7PDKQ3— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 9, 202011:07 p.m.: Oof. Taylor Cornelius almost throws an interception and the Vipers are punting again. 5:32 left in the third quarter.11:02 p.m.: A Wildcats drive comes up empty, as Giorgio Tavecchio misses a kick as it doinks off the upright.10:52 p.m.: Game is back underway, and the Vipers need to get something going to keep the Wildcats from scoring. They have the ball to start the half.Second quarter: Vipers 24, Wildcats 2010:28 p.m. LOS ANGELES SCORING PLAY: Brandon Barnes finds a Josh Johnson pass in the back of the end zone, and the Wildcats are rolling. 2-point conversion is no good.10:21 p.m. LOS ANGELES SCORING PLAY: Josh Johnson finds De’Quan Hampton for a TD. 2-point conversion is good. Wildcats pull to within 10.10:15 p.m.: Wildcats driving with just over three minutes left in the first half. They have three turnovers on the day — not great. Johnson looks much sharper now.10:09 p.m. TAMPA BAY SCORING PLAY: Taylor Cornelius hits Jalen Tolliver, who makes a great catch at the back of the end zone. Vipers up 24-6.CORN….and we cannot emphasize this enough…DOG.Taylor Cornelius is on absolute 🔥🔥🔥📺 @espn🖥 https://t.co/KmYoM9yc8e pic.twitter.com/YQJTfrW7GB— XFL (@xfl2020) March 9, 202010:05 p.m. LOS ANGELES TURNOVER: Tre McBride coughs up the ball on the punt return. Vipers get the ball with good field position.10:04 p.m.: Taylor Cornelius and the Vipers offense moving the ball a bit, but are stopped and punting.9:54 p.m. LOS ANGELES SCORING PLAY: Dujuan Harris with a one-yard TD run. Wildcats on the board. 2-point conversion is no good.9:52 p..m.: Josh Johnson to Smallwood for a 54-yard pass, catch and run. Wildcats in scoring position now.9:46 p.m. TAMPA BAY SCORING PLAY: Taylor Cornelius keeps it on an option, brings it in from a few yards out for six. Extra point is good. 17-0 Vipers in the second. First quarter: Vipers 10, Wildcats 09:39 p.m. LOS ANGELES TURNOVER: Snap comes out high and wide, Johnson can’t corrale it. Vipers get the ball just inside Wildcat territory.9:37 p.m.: Wildcats pick up a key first down on a fourth-and-1. Johnson has missed some wide-open receivers. 9:28 p.m. TAMPA BAY SCORING PLAY: Following a 24-yard Jacques Patrick run, Patrick finishes the drive with a 1-yard TD run. Vipers up 10-0 with 5:33 left in the first.9:19 p.m.: Vipers defense getting lots of penetration early. Josh Johnson is a little off his game early.9:15 p.m. TAMPA BAY SCORING PLAY: Andrew Franks boots a 26-yard field goal for three points. Vipers up early 3-0.9:11 p.m. LOS ANGELES TURNOVER: The game starts with Josh Johnson misplacing his mouthpiece. Then he throws an interception. Not an ideal start for the Wildcats.9:10 p.m.: And we are set to play in LA. Wildcats receiving. St. Louis BattleHawks at DC Defenders: Score, highlightsFourth quarter: Defenders 15, BattleHawks 65:46 p.m. FINAL: Tyree Jackson picks up the W, the Defenders down the BattleHawks 15-6.5:41 p.m. ST. LOUIS TURNOVER ON DOWNS: On a fourth-and-1, Matt Jones just comes up short. DC takes over with 1:55 left. First, this one is going to the replay room.5:36 p.m.: Oof. Christine Michael grabs a facemask and loses 15 yards. St. Louis needs to score and fast.5:35 p.m.: Ta’amu to Washington for a big gain and the Battlehawks ain’t dead yet.5:32 D.C. SCORING PLAY: Rausa puts a field goal through the uprights and the Defenders take a nine-point lead with 3:33 left in the game.5:29 p.m.: Defenders block a punt and it looks like they’ll put a bow on this W today if they score six here.5:25 p.m.: And now the BattleHawks put some pressure on Jackson, sacking him for a loss of 12 yards. DC punt upcoming with roughly half a quarter left to play.5:20 p.m.: DC gets a couple of key third-down conversions deep in its own territory. With the clock dwindling down below 10 minutes (and the defense playing the way it is), a couple of long drives could ice this game.5:15 p.m.: Yet more reminders that (Vince McMahon voice) this is the XFL.GET YOU A LEAGUE COMMISSIONER WHO CONTRIBUTES A CUP TO THE GIANT BEER SNAKE.OLIVER LUCK F O R E V E R.THIS LEAGUE. pic.twitter.com/V41n5ndpNQ— XFL (@xfl2020) March 8, 2020″A lot of beers have been consumed.” 😂@JennyTaft goes to the source of the epic @XFLDefenders beer snake to find out how it started ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/z1CuAYhrhq— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 2020This has to be THE LONGEST BEER SNAKE OF ALL TIMEcc: @XFLDefenders pic.twitter.com/eaNK4U6zy7— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) March 8, 20205:10 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, BATTLEHAWKS. Woof. St. Louis can’t get a single yard on third- and fourth-and-1 on two straight plays from the DC 5. The Defenders take over after forcing the turnover on downs, and their defense is playing lights-out.5:06 p.m.: St. Louis’ guts pay off: Ta’amu hits L’Damian Washington three plays later for a gain of 29 yards out to DC’s 14-yard line. BattleHawks have to be thinking touchdown at this point.OH MY GOODNESS 🔥What a catch by @MizzouMonstar2 for the @XFLBattleHawks pic.twitter.com/r9GG2axXhK— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 2020Third quarter: Defenders 12, BattleHawks 65:04 p.m.: Got it. Ta’amu connects with Russell for a 9-yard gain for a drive-extending first down.5:02 p.m.: Nothing doing for St. Louis offensively, but they elect to go for it on fourth-and-2.5 p.m.: A stark reminder that this is the XFL.an extra nice moment from today’s game pic.twitter.com/3yzSOey7Ds— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 20204:58 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, DEFENDERS. St. Louis’ defense bends but doesn’t break, allowing another long field goal from Rausa (50 yards). That makes it 12-6 Defenders, and now it’s on St. Louis to get something going.4:53 p.m.: Pressley’s 27-yard rush out to St. Louis’ 32 gives a new meaning to “high-stepping.”He just stepped over the entire BattleHawks defense 😳@XFLDefenders pic.twitter.com/I0Zdf1yiTC— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 20204:51 p.m.: BattleHawks get a decent look on their ensuing drive, but miss the 38-yard field goal wide left. DC takes over at its 28 with a chance to extend its lead.4:43 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, DEFENDERS. DC only goes backward from there thanks to a penalty, but still manages to take the lead with a 52-yard field goal from Rausa. It’s 9-6 Defenders.4:41 p.m.: Defenders running back DeAndre Thompkins rushes 28 yards to the St. Louis 33. DC has a good chance to retake the lead.Thompkins hit the jets on this big run for the @XFLDefenders 🚀 pic.twitter.com/HcXrNguel2— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 20204:39 p.m.: The Defenders pass rush is at it again: Siupeli Anai strip-sacks Ta’amu for a loss 9 yards, but the BattleHawks quarterback manages to pull the fumble in.ANOTHER sackThe @XFLDefenders defense continues to apply the pressure pic.twitter.com/6sfjKjM7MD— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 2020Halftime: Defenders 6, BattleHawks 64:19 p.m.: The Defenders get the ball back, but without enough time to mount a last-minute drive. They run the clock out and take it to halftime tied at 6-all.4:17 p.m.: Ta’amu is sacked on consecutive plays (the first was overruled by an offside call), forcing another St. Louis punt. The Defenders are wreaking havoc with their pass rush.😤 @AXJ76 with the SACK for the @XFLDefenders pic.twitter.com/s8coLYsw46— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 20204:14 p.m.: MISSED FIELD GOAL, DEFENDERS. DC’s drive falls short, and Ty Rausa’s 40-yard field goal attempt is wide right. The score remains tied with 1:18 left in the half.The pat after the missed field goal 💀 pic.twitter.com/QRcN8gQ8Aa— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 20204:08 p.m.: Defenders have a nice drive going: 37 yards off eight plays and 4:24 of elapsed time. If they manage it right they could score right before halftime. They’re currently at the St. Louis 28-yard line.4 p.m.: The Defenders defense holds strong and forces a punt, which will be downed for a touchback. Great sequence by DC to minimize damage.3:57 p.m.: St. Louis makes a huge special teams play to get great field position. Alonzo Russell blocks Hunter Niswander’s punt to get the ball at DC’s 42-yard line!PUNT BLOCKED 😤@Hungry_Humble22 comes up with the HUGE play for the @XFLBattleHawks pic.twitter.com/01iSZEZt1U— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 20203:55 p.m.: St. Louis forces a three-and-out and will get the ball back.3:49 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, BATTLEHAWKS. St. Louis’ drive stalls again, but Russolino is once again money, knocking through a 40-yard field goal to tie it up at 6-6.3:47 p.m.: A couple of key third-down conversions gets St. Louis down to the DC 19-yard line. Can the BattleHawks make the end zone this time around?3:45 p.m.: No hate between Jones and Jackson after that last touchdown:All love between @XFLDefenders QBs Cardale Jones and Tyree Jackson 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/X1U9ZKofUq— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 2020First quarter: Defenders 6, BattleHawks 33:40 p.m.: BattleHawks come out flinging the ball, with Ta’amu making connections of 2, 17 and 17 yards. They’re already out to DC’s 49-yard line, where they will resume play at the start of the second quarter.3:36 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, DEFENDERS. And just like that, DC takes the lead with a 9-yard touchdown connection between Tyree Jackson and Khari Lee. The 1-point attempt is unsuccessful, but it’s still 6-3 Defenders.Jackson puts the @XFLDefenders on top in DC! pic.twitter.com/hwHUyPvTEu— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 20203:34 p.m.: Now it’s the Defenders’ turn to lean on the rush. Pressley gets two carries of 11 and 22 yards to move DC rapidly up to St. Louis’ 11-yard line. Also: Quarterback Tyree Jackson has entered the game in replacement of Jones.💪 @Lil_Pressley with the BIG run for the @XFLDefenders pic.twitter.com/G2rs5XXWyV— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 20203:30 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, BATTLEHAWKS. Taylor Russolino kicks a 35-yard field goal. St. Louis rushes nine straight times before Ta’amu even attempts a pass. The drive stalls at DC’s 17-yard line, but eats 4:40 of game clock. It’s 3-0 St. Louis.3:27 p.m.: BattleHawks’ Christine Michael gets 4 yards on third-and-2 down to the Defenders’ 26-yard line. That’s their sixth play of the drive, all rushes.3:22 p.m.: Jones and Keith Ford each rush for 5 and 6 yards, respectively, to get down to the Defenders’ 38-yard line. St. Louis leaning heavily on the run game in its second drive.3:20 p.m.: BattleHawks running back Matt Jones takes the ball 21 yards off the right guard all the way to DC’s 49-yard line.😤 @mattjonesrb with the BIG TIME gain for @XFLBattleHawks pic.twitter.com/fJl40zWLEL— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 20203:17 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, BATTLEHAWKS. And there’s Jone’s sixth interception in three games. He attempted to hit running back Jhurell Pressley but was intercepted by Kenny Robinson at the St. Louis 30.INTERCEPTED@krob2__ with the HUGE play for the @XFLBattleHawks pic.twitter.com/42hcOeI2rL— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 2020That focus on this interception by @krob2__ 🔥🔥🔥@XFLBattleHawks pic.twitter.com/QOAvWSozRO— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 20203:12 p.m.: St. Louis goes nowhere on its first drive, with Ta’amu getting sacked for a loss of 7 yards on third-and-7. Defenders are playing tough defense early. SACKEDThe @XFLDefenders defense gets their first sack in 3 weeks to start this game STRONG pic.twitter.com/vandzHUrdU— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) March 8, 20203:08 p.m.: The Defenders manage to get out to their own 40-yard line but no further. A 43-yard punt gives and 17-yard return gives St. Louis the ball at their own 32.3 p.m.: And we’re off. Defenders running back Donnell Pumphrey starts the game with a 4-yard rush to the DC 34-yard line.Tampa Bay Vipers and Los Angeles Wildcats: Score, highlightsKickoff is at 9 p.m. ET. Highlights will begin at that time.