Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale - Bronze Bomber tipped to retain WBC world title

Fight unlikely to go the distance in Brooklyn
Deontay Wilder
Deontay Wilder defends his WBC Heavyweight Championship Title against Dominic Breazeale in Brooklyn (Getty Images)

Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Deontay Wilder puts his WBC world title on the line against fellow American Dominic Breazeale in the early hours of Sunday, May 19. Can the heavyweight champion revert to his knockout ways after his epic draw against Tyson Fury? 

What: Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale for the WBC world heavyweight title
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, United States
When: Sunday, May 19 at 4am BST

Wilder shared a contentious draw with lineal champion Fury in December, despite dropping the British fighter twice - including what appeared to be a fight-ending blow in the 12th. The ‘Bronze Bomber’ was thoroughly outboxed for the remainder of the fight and was fortunate to escape with a draw and retain the belt. 

In the opposite corner in his next fight will be a man nicknamed ‘Trouble’. Breazeale will be fighting for a world title for a second time following his TKO defeat to Anthony Joshua, who now holds the rest of the heavyweight straps. Can Breazeale live up to his alias and send shockwaves through the division? 

Deontay Wilder History, Form & Boxing Style


It has been a strange career for Deontay Wilder, and the longest-serving current world champion has long been criticised for owning a padded record. Fury once humorously described many of the American’s past opponents as “tomato cans”.

That is starting to change in recent fights, as proven by his last two wars against the dangerous if ageing Luiz Ortiz and the slick and speedy Fury. Wilder (40-0-1, 39KOs) emerged from those bouts with another devastating stoppage and then a split decision draw.

Whatever doubts may still surround the boxing acumen of Wilder, there is no disputing his flattening power. Prior to Fury, he was only once taken the distance, winning on points against Bermane Stiverne to win the title in 2015 - although he crushed the same opponent in the opening round less than two years later. 

Even Fury felt the full force of Wilder’s power and only a miraculous recovery saw the ‘Gypsy King’ climb off the canvas and beat the 10-count. 

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Deontay Wilder had an epic battle against Tyson Fury on December 1, 2018 in Los Angeles (Getty Images)

There are few subtleties to 33-year-old Wilder’s skill set - an athletic, front-foot fighter who looks to cut off the ring and land wild, swinging overhand bombs. He’s not one to bob, weave, set traps, counter-punch and move. 

He did display against Fury some improved footwork but Wilder will never be a fighter looking for a points win. Unsurprisingly Wilder’s fight against Dominic Breazeale is not expected to go the distance wihch can be backed at 1.33 at bet365

Dominic Breazeale History, Form & Boxing Style


British fights fans have likely not given Breazeale a moment’s thought since his ruthless knockout defeat at the hands of Anthony Joshua in June 2016. But he returns for his second shot at a world title after earning three successive stoppage wins since that loss at the O2 Arena. 

Against Joshua, Breazeale - a latecomer to boxing at the age of 23 having been a college-level quarterback - showed enormous heart and grit, absorbing the champion’s power during the early rounds even when it looked destined for a quick stoppage. 

Breazeale (6.00 with bet365 to beat Wilder) also displayed a good amount of power, catching Joshua with a few good shots, particularly in the fifth round, to draw blood from the Briton’s nose. Ultimately, though, the American was overwhelmed by AJ’s speed and power.

Breazeale (20-1-0, 18KOs) does not possess the athleticism of Wilder but is a similar stand-and-trade fighter and will be looking to back his opponent on to the ropes and unload.

It might be wise he concoct an alternative strategy for this fight, otherwise it could be an early night’s work for Wilder (Rounds 1-3 Wilder win @ 7.00 at bet365).

Dominic Breazeale
Dominic Breazeale is a stand-and-trade fighter who will look to unleash his power (Getty Images)

Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale Tale of the tape   


Nationality:
Wilder: American
Breazeale: American

Age:
Wilder: 33 (22/10/1985)
Breazeale: 33 (24/08/1985)

Professional records:
Wilder: 40-0-1 (39KOs)
Breazeale: 20-1-0 (18KOs)

Current world titles:
Wilder: WBC world heavyweight
Breazeale: None

Height:
Wilder: 6′ 7″ / 201cm
Breazeale: 6′ 7″ / 201cm

Reach: 
Wilder: 83″ / 211cm
Breazeale: 81½″ / 207cm

Stance:
Wilder: Orthodox
Breazeale: Orthodox

Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale Key Stats 


  • Knockout percentage: Wilder 95% / Breazeale 86%
  • First-round stoppages: Wilder 19/41 (45.2%) / Breazeale 2/21 (9.5%)
  • Fights to end before Round 7 (end of Round 6): Wilder 34/41 (82.9%) / Breazeale 16/21 (76.2%)
  • Fights to go full distance: Wilder 2/41 (4.9%) / Breazeale 2/21 (9.5%)

Verdict


The stats suggest there is little to no chance this fight is going the distance. Wilder and Breazeale are both heavy fisted and will look to take each other out. 

Wilder has the conditioning to go 12 rounds but the Bronze Bomber is always a good chance of forcing an early stoppage. Breazeale is durable, dangerous and will provide a good test for Wilder, with the champion predicted to come through in a mid-to-late stoppage. 

Best Bet: Deontay Wilder to Win Round 7-12 @ 3.00 at bet365 - 2 Units
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