Deontay Wilder defends his WBC heavyweight title against fellow American Dominic Breazeale tonight in his first outing since a controversial draw with Tyson Fury.
Wilder was outclassed as Fury’s superior skill set shone through and he was arguably lucky to come away with his unbeaten record intact, despite knocking the British star down twice.
The WBC champion will be looking to make a statement against Breazeale and he can secure the win without needing the judges.
Wilder by KO/TKO or Disqualification @ 10/23
Breazeale should be a far easier assignment for ‘The Bronze Bomber’ at the Barclays Center and Wilder can get back to winning ways inside the distance.
Breazeale has won 20 of his 21 fights so far but struggled in his one world title shot against Anthony Joshua as he failed to make any real impact in the contest and was knocked out in the seventh round.
Only Fury and Bermane Stiverne have managed to avoid being knocked out by Wilder – and the latter was then dispatched in the first round in a rematch – and Breazeale looks set to be his next KO victim.
Wilder to win in rounds 7-9 @ 3/1
Incredibly, just four of Wilder’s first 32 fights reached a fourth round but since winning the WBC title the early stoppages have been less frequent.
Three of the 33-year-old’s six most recent victories have been ended in rounds 7-9 and that could be a solid option in tonight’s bout.
Breazeale is a tough competitor and managed to fight on after being knocked down by Joshua before eventually being stopped in the seventh.
The challenger was also sent to the canvas by Izu Ugonoh but recovered and went on to win, and it could take Wilder a while to wear him down in Brooklyn but he should be able to claim a stoppage before the latter rounds.
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