Deontay Wilder v Dominic Breazeale Predictions & Winner Odds

Wilder's power to down challenger

A huge fight is coming up on the weekend. The pressure is all on Deontay Wilder in this one which is a WBC heavyweight battle. Wilder, aka the Bronze Bomber, puts his undefeated career record on the line for the first time after that epic draw against Tyson Fury last December. He takes on Dominic Breazeale who is going for his second shot at a heavyweight title.

Deontay Wilder v Dominic Breazeale Odds*

Deontay Wilder 1/6
Dominic Breazeale 5/1
* (betting odds taken from BetVictor on May 14th, 2019 at 9:01 pm)

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Wilder avoids the big guns

Deontay Wilder has to go through Dominic Breazeale first before any tantalising battle against one of the division’s other greats happens. The one criticism about the Bronze Bomber throughout his long and successful career is that he hadn’t really gone up against top opponents. That changed when he met Tyson Fury in December.

 

Over/Under 6.5 Rounds
Over8/13
Under6/5

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It was some duel, one of the most memorable nights in boxing as Fury got up from the canvas from a late knockdown to settle the fight as a draw. Wilder though is such a heavy hitter and he has 39 knockouts in his 40 career wins. That’s still some record whoever he has been up against. It was interesting in that bout against Fury, that even though Wilder put his opponent down twice, he was heavily outboxed in the fight.

Given that he is taking on a fighter who has an impressive record of knockouts as well, it is not looking like a fight that will go the distance. Wilder is 2/5 to win by a knockout in this one and the fight is as short as 2/7 to go the distance* (betting odds taken from BetVictor on May 14th, 2019 at 9:01 pm). Wilder has only gone the distance twice in previous 40 pro career fights. So what is he going up against in Breazeale?

Can Breazele handle Wilder?

Breazeale is the same age (33) as Wilder is and he matches up to him in height and just about in reach as well. So this feels like a momentous fight for both. Breazeale has already said that a defeat for Wilder in this bout could well send the reigning champion into retirement. That actually makes a bit of sense but can Brezeale actually inflict the defeat on him? He is a solid fighter, but it’s not someone who is in the same category of Wilder really in terms of technical ability and sheer power.

Breazile went up against Anthony Joshua for the IBF heavyweight title in June 2016. He was knocked out early in the seventh. He has won his three fights since then, the most notable one of those was against Eric Molina. So the American is certainly reputable and he is ranked fourth in the division in the WBC. He falls a long way short in the other organization though, not being on the radar in the top fifteen in the WBA, WBO or IBF.

Just like Wilder, Breazeale has gone the distance just twice in his career and he takes a 20-1 career record into this one. That lone defeat, as mentioned was against Joshua a few years ago. 18 of his 20 career wins have been by a knockout. A loss for him in this one and he’s unlikely to be back in the area against any of the top heavyweights again.

Prediction

It would be a shock to see Wilder lose this one. He has still had his sights on frying much bigger fish like Fury and Joshua down the line. So there is pressure on him to stay focused and not let any complacency come him.

He has the technical ability to handle himself, and it’s hard to see this one going the distance. Breazeale is a confident fighter and it may take Wilder until the second half of the fight. Wilder Round 7-12 in round group betting for 15/8 odds* (betting odds taken from BetVictor on May 14th, 2019 at 9:01 pm).


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