Venue: Barclays Center, New York
TV: Sky Sports
Deontay Wilder will be looking to send a message out to Anthony Joshua when defending his WBC heavyweight title against Dominic Breazeale in New York this weekend.
Joshua retained his IBF belt by stopping Breazeale in the seventh round at the O2 Arena three years ago and we reckon Wilder will want to finish off the Californian sooner.
Punters can get 9/1 for the champion to prevail in round six and that is our initial Wilder vs Breazeale prediction.
Breazeale showed plenty of toughness to hang in there for so long against Joshua, who had dominated from the outset.
“When I looked at his interview after and I saw his face, I said ‘wow, you definitely took a beating’, and he stayed in there,” Joshua told Sky Sports.
“Breazeale is tough. He got hurt in the second round, stumbled, stayed on his feet.”
The 33-year-old challenger, nicknamed Trouble, has since claimed three stoppage wins to improve his record to 20-1, with 18 of those victories coming inside the distance.
However, he seemed ill-equipped to cope with Joshua’s superior skills and hand speed, which is also expected to be the case when coming up against Wilder.
Wilder promising bloodshed and pain
Almost all observers felt the Bronze Bomber was fortunate to escape with a draw when taking on comeback king Tyson Fury in Los Angeles last December.
He had also sometimes looked raw when previously rattling off 40 consecutive triumphs, eight of which came in world title fights.
However, what can’t be denied is that Wilder has explosive power when able to get on the front foot, producing some spectacular knockouts in his 39 stoppage wins.
It will be a surprise if the champion doesn’t get a chance to open up against a game, but relatively one-paced and limited opponent like Breazeale.
Wilder told Showtime: “I would advise Dominic Breazeale not to bring his kids to this fight – that’s how serious it is.”
He described the bout as “super personal” as a result of past trash talking and added: “There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed and a lot of pain in there.”
We can’t see the underdog being able to cope with his opponent’s fast hands and 2/5 for the Bronze Bomber to win by KO or TKO will attract plenty of big hitters from the Wilder vs Breazeale odds.
There are also several markets on how long this bout will last and 33/50 for less than nine rounds is added to our Wilder vs Breazeale betting tips, with 14/5 for the champion to prevail in 4-6 another option.
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