Deontay Wilder will defend the WBC heavyweight championship against Dominic Breazeale on May 18, 2019 at the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, New York.

Wilder was expected to either challenge unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua or rematch Tyson Fury but he ended up being ordered to fight his mandatory challenger, Dominic Breazeale.

“Boxing" Bronze Bomber

Known as the Bronze Bomber, Deontay Wilder is the first American world heavyweight boxing champion since Shannon Briggs in 2004. Wilder won the WBC belt with a unanimous decision win over Bermane Stiverne in 2015. The Bronze Bomber has since defended the title a total of eight times. In his last fight, Wilder fought lineal heavyweight Tyson Fury to a split draw.

Wilder is 40-0-1 with 39 knockouts. The Bronze Bomber stand 6-7 and has a reach of 83 inches. The 33 year old from Tuscaloosa, Alabama has a 95% knockout rate and has recorded 19 first round knockouts.

What are the Moneyline Odds?





Odds from as of 4/3/19

“Boxing" Trouble

If Wilder is the Bronze Bomber, Dominic Breazeale is Trouble. Like Wilder, he fought in the Olympics. Breazeale was a competitor in the super heavyweight division at the 2012 London Olympics where he lost in the preliminary round. “Trouble” won his first 17 bouts, including a back and forth war with Amir Mansour which saw him getting dropped in round three.

The 33-year old from Glendale, California is also 6-7 with a reach of 81 ½ inches. Breazeale has a record of 20-1 with 18 knockouts. His only loss came against current unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in 2016 where he lost via 7th round TKO. Since the loss, Breazeale has won three straight bouts all by stoppage.

“Boxing" Who Wins?

This fight could go either way really with both boxers possessing incredible punching power. This is the heavyweight division where only one punch can win a fight. But between Wilder knocking Breazeale out and the other way around, the former is likely going to happen.

While Breazeale has the punching power, he doesn’t have the kind of athleticism that Wilder possesses. The Bronze Bomber is light on his feet, has quick movement and fast hands. Meanwhile, Breazeale is plodding when he moves forward and he does so on a straight pattern. He is slow with his punches and can easily be timed, especially with a brilliant fighter like Wilder. He also walks forward, trying to walk his opponent down. But sometimes he does so with his head down. Wilder is a wild swinger. His detractors call him the windmill for throwing wild punches. That’s where Breazeale can come in but I don’t think he’s fast enough to find those holes. Enough said. I think Deontay Wilder is too powerful, too athletic and too fast for Breazeale. I think Wilder also has the better chin. I’m picking Deontay Wilder to win by knockout.

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“Boxing" Other Bets To Make

Because this one’s a major bout, even if Wilder’s foe isn’t, there are plenty of proposition bets for this bout. To know what prop bets are in boxing betting, click here. But yeah, here are some of the prop bets at bet365 which I like:

If you’re betting for Wilder:

Not all of us are Deontay Wilder fans but let’s face it, love or hate him, almost everyone thinks he’s going to win here. This is just one of those set-up bouts where the promoters are trying to marinate a bigger fight ahead. So unless Wilder gets careless here, which would be unlikely, he a sure winner against Breazeale. So while betting on Wilder at the moneyline odds is the safest bet in this bout, it’s gonna cost you a lot at -600.

If you are sure about Deontay Wilder winning, then you might as well get him here at -200. Look only one out of Wilder’s 39 wins have come via decision and he’s gone the distance only twice in 41 bouts. No question, Wilder’s gonna get a knockout here. So bet on the line below:

Fight Outcome: Wilder by KO,TKO or Disqualification -200

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“Boxing" Round Betting

  • Round 1-3 +550
  • Round 4-6  +300
  • Round 7-9  +300
  • Round 10-12 +550
  • Go the Distance +225

Three out of Breazeale’s last four bouts went to Round 7, 8 and 9. These were his fights against quality opponents in Anthony Joshua, Eric Molina and Carlos Negron. Having lasted 7 rounds against AJ and 8 against Molina, I think Breazeale can last as long against Wilder, that is if he isn’t caught with that bazooka right hand early. But yeah, if you want to make a bet with plus money, and that bet isn’t one that has Breazeale winning, this may be it for you. Prediction: Rounds 7-9

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“Boxing" Best Bets To Make:

When you have a world champion like Deontay Wilder who has otherworldly punching power and you pit him against a big tomato can like Breazeale (sorry for the description), you don’t get to have plus money on a good bet. That said, the over/under betting here could be the one for you.

Total Rounds: Over 9.5 +137, Under 9.5 -188

Wilder has gone over 9.5 rounds only three times in 41 bouts and these were against Bermane Stiverne ( the better version), Artur Szpilka, Luis Ortiz and Tyson Fury. Of course Ortiz and Fury are his last two bouts but you can’t compare Breazeale’s quality to both. So Deontay’s basically been past 9.5 only twice against middle to low-level opponents.

On the other hand, Breazele’s been past 9.5 just once in his career and in his last bout against Carlos Negron. But yeah, Breazeale just went six seconds past 9.5 rounds and was knocked out by Negron. So I say under 9.5 rounds here at -188 is the best bet for this bout.

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If you need a safer bet other than Wilder winning this fight at -600, then the one below might interest you:

Will the fight Go The Distance: Yes +225, No -300

Wilder has knocked out 39 out of 41 opponents while Breazeale has stopped 18 out of 20 foes. That’s 57 knockouts in 61 fights or a 93.44% knockout rate. I mean both men have bricks as fists and throw their hands like cannons. I have no doubt this fight isn’t going the distance. Not at all. I’m picking the fight not to go the distance at -300.

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