Off the top of my head here’s a list of fighters, past and present, that Deontay Wilder has not gone anywhere near in 40+ bouts – Vitali Klitschko, Vladimir, Haye, Chisora, Whyte, Takam, Parker, Hughie Fury, Price.
The first time he did fight someone worth a look was Luiz Ortiz, an old and tubby opponent who should have pulled out of the fight on doctor’s orders due to high blood pressure. Ortiz almost took Wilder out in the seventh round but Wilder just about survived, eventually gaining a stoppage over the Cuban in the tenth.
Then of course came Tyson Fury who bewildered Wilder from start to finish and in the eyes of just about everybody won the fight. Wilder was clueless late on, throwing huge, desperate rights and missing by a mile most of the time. If people didn’t know it before it became clear then just how one dimensional the American really is. His boxing skills are minimal, his fighting skills aren’t that great either but fortunately for him his right hand is very good. He does one thing but does it exceptionally well. If you like he is the Marouane Fellaini of the boxing world.
The question then is whether or not Dominic Brazeale is the man to beat him. The answer is that we just don’t know. They only have one opponent in common – Eric Molina – who is far from a world beater himself. Wilder put him down several times before a ninth round KO. Molina retired in his corner at around the same time versus Brazeale. As a frame of reference Anthony Joshua beat Molina down in the 3rd.
Whereas Wilder rarely crosses paths with anyone in the top ten rankings Brazeale has at least fought Joshua. He deserves credit for that although I’m sure he was satisfied with the bucket load of cash he got for his pain. The fight could have ended in the 2nd round, for some reason the ref held back Joshua when he had rocked Brazeale but in the end the American lost in the 7th.
In between he took a hell of a lot punishment and gave a fair bit back, his problem was that when he landed one Joshua gave him two or three back. Brazeale showed a lot of balls in that fight and I could well see some of the shots that Joshua took putting Wilder down. Brazeale has 18 knockouts in his 21 fights and Wilder won’t be swarming over him like AJ did. It’s a bit of a punt but the bet is Brazeale via KO, TKO or disqualification at 11/1 with Sport Nation.
How we placed our bet
Betting Market: Method of Victory
Selection: Dominic Breazeale via KO, TKO or disqualification
Bookie: Sport Nation
Published on: May 18, 2019 @ 16:12