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Deontay Wilder v Dominic Breazeale: Bomber expected to KO a man Joshua dealt with in seven

Deontay Wilder v Dominic Breazeale: Bomber expected to KO a man Joshua dealt with in seven

Deontay Wilder v Dominic Breazeale
Sunday, 05:00
Live on Sky Sports

The 41 not out?

Deontay Wilder aims to claim the 41st win of an unbeaten career when putting his WBC title on the line against fellow American Dominic Breazeale this weekend at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. UK fans can follow the action live on Sky Sports with the first bell expected around 5.00am on Sunday morning.

Followers of the top division had hoped for a quick-fire rematch between Wilder and Tyson Fury but if that’s to happen, both men must win upcoming fights before approaching the negotiating table with an open mind.

That would be one for the casuals and it simply has to happen.

Wilder must put on a show

Deontay Wilder’s professional record moved to 40-0-1 following that controversial split decision draw with Tyson Fury late last year at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Wilder found himself behind on the scorecards and staring defeat in the face but pulled it back thanks to two knockdowns in the last three rounds. He thought he had dealt with the Englishman in the 12th following a heavy-handed assault but was forced to look on in astonishment as the Gypsy King rose to his feet. Many believe Fury did enough to win that fight, meaning Wilder must put on a show here.

December was only the second time The Bronze Bomber had been taken the distance as a professional, with the other coming in the form of a unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne back in 2015.

He made up for that with a devastating first-round KO win over the same opponent in a 2017 rematch, helping move his knockout average 95%, making him one of the best finishers the game has ever seen. Wilder has power in both hands and sets up for this challenge having knocked out three of his last five before the end of the eighth round. Will we see another early finish here?

Punters certainly think so and Deontay Wilder is trading as favourite in the fight winner market to beat Dominic Breazeale. Supporters of the champion will find him at no better than [1.17], proving exactly how backers expect this clash to go. Backing the champion by KO/TKO is usually a profitable investment and he’s 2/5 on the Betfair Sportsbook to add to his 39 KOs. A points win is 4/1, market best price on the Sportsbook at the time of writing.

Three KO comeback wins

British fight fans may remember Dominic Breazeale from his 2016 defeat to Anthony Joshua when the American was downed in seven rounds.

AJ got the job done at the O2 Arena in brutal fashion that night and those who watched the fight won’t be in a rush to back the underdog to claim a win that would blow the heavyweight scene wide open. If Joshua made light work of Trouble you would expect hard-hitting Wilder to do something similar.

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Breazeale steps into the ring to face the sport’s knockout king with a professional record of 20 wins, 18 by KO, against that one defeat vs Joshua in London. Since suffering the spare, he has had no trouble getting his career back on track, claiming three useful wins on the bounce. That hat-trick started with a fifth-round KO win over Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-0-0) before going onto slash down Eric Molina 26-4-0 in eight and Carlos Negron 20-1-0 in nine.

A man with confidence and a challenger fully deserving of another crack at the big time, having learned from that loss to AJ before making the changes needed and bouncing back with three impressive wins. Breazeale knows Wilder can be out-boxed, but to have any chance of pushing for the win he must avoid his opponent’s big shots. Dominic is [7.4] on the Exchange, a KO/TKO win available at 9/1 on the Betfair Sportsbook.

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