Deontay Wilder (40-0-1) vs. Dominic Breazeale (20-1) TV: Showtime
WBC World Heavyweight Title Fight: Saturday, May 18 9:00 PM ET (Barclays Center)
Odds: Deontay Wilder -900 Dominic Breazeale +550
Fanduel Boxing Pick Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale
Deontay Wilder will face Dominic Breazeale for Wilder’s WBC Heavyweight Championship. Wilder is one of the top heavyweights in the sport. Wilder isn’t a boxer with great technical skills. His main strength is a big right hand. Wilder’s length also makes it difficult for shorter fighters to get on the inside and land shots. In Wilder’s previous match he was largely outboxed by Tyson Fury who had the length and boxing acumen to test Wilder. Wilder got the controversial split draw largely because of Wilder’s two knockdowns in Rounds 9 and 12. Fury exposed some of the weaknesses in Wilder’s skills by using his length and switching from orthodox to southpaw to further flummox Wilder during their bout.
If Wilder didn’t carry so much power he clearly would’ve lost by decision. Getting the draw helps keep alive a Wilder-Fury rematch or a Deontay Wilder-Anthony Joshua super fight. Wilder’s opponent Dominic Breazeale has previously fought Joshua in 2016. Breazeale lost to Joshua via a 7th Round KO. This will be another tough challenge for Breazeale as Wilder presents physical advantages over most fighters. Wilder is 6’7 with an 83 inch reach. Breazeale is 6’7 with an 81 inch reach. Breazeale is a solid boxer with good combinations and works behind his jab to set up bigger shots. In his previous fight against Carlos Negron he got a 9th Round knockout when he landed a swift right hand on the button to end the fight.
Draftking Boxing Pick Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale
Breazeale has a decent work rate, but doesn’t quite have the power to match Wilder. Breazeale is a decent inside fighter, but will need to be wary of Wilder’s wild punches that can score a knockout at any point. Wilder has the advantage in speed and should be able to dictate the pace. Wilder is tough to prepare for because he is so unorthodox and unpredictable in his style. This fight is unlikely to go the distance as Breazeale’s defense isn’t the best and can be susceptible to being overcome by shots as the accumulation of punishment wears on round by round.
The key for both boxers will be to find a home for their big right hands. Wilder’s chin was tested against Luis Ortiz in a truly great heavyweight fight. Wilder almost got knocked out at the end of the 7th Round, but came back to knock out Ortiz in the 10th Round in a back and forth fight. Breazeale isn’t the best competition that Wilder has faced as both Fury and Ortiz are better fighters. These men don’t like each other outside the ring and there has been a war of words between them. After Breazeale knocked out Negron, he called out Wilder who was sitting ringside. The time for talk is over and it is time for another exciting heavyweight clash.
Pick: Deontay Wilder 6th Round KO