Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale predictions and betting tips as they meet for the WBC Heavyweight World Championship at the Barclays Centre in New York, USA and live on Sky Sports in the early hours of Sunday morning. Will the brash champion be able to prove he has what it takes to see off mandatory challenger and countryman Dominic Breazeale.
Deontay Wilder (40-0-1) maintained his undefeated record in controversial circumstances last time out when he salvaged a draw against lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury. The ‘Bronze Bomber’ managed to put the Brit down twice in the contest but he was outboxed for long spells and it was generally accepted that the American had benefited from being the home fighter due to some generous scorecards.
Wilder is one of the two kings of the heavyweight division as he holds the only remaining belt which is not in unified champion Anthony Joshua’s possession, and the American has split the public’s opinions in his negotiations with the top three Brits. The 33-years-old has long been linked with Joshua in a big money clash to crown the undisputed champion, but talks for a rematch with Fury also broke down despite the clash being ordered by the WBC.
The WBC is sometimes a troubled governing body and has been accused in the British press of protecting Wilder from the more challenging match ups. Even in this contest, Wilder has been matched against Breazeale as a mandatory challenger despite Dillian Whyte being ranked as the number one challenger in their rankings for a considerable length of time.
That is not to discredit Dominic Breazeale (20-1) however, as the American is a very game opponent and is heavy handed in his own right. Most people will be aware that he failed in his bid to dethrone Joshua back in June 2016, but ‘Trouble’ has rebuilt since then and his record represents someone who is not to be underestimated.
Since that defeat against AJ, Breazeale has fought some excellent contenders and those three contests have seen him share the ring with Izuagbe Ugonoh, who was undefeated at the time, the talented and highly rated Eric Molina and Carlos Negron who had only suffered one defeat at the time.
Gary Russell Jr vs Kiko Martinez Predictions and Betting Tips
Gary Russell Jr vs Kiko Martinez predictions and betting tips as they meet for the WBC Featherweight World Championship on the undercard of Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale at the Barclays Centre in New York, USA and live on Sky Sports in the early hours of Sunday morning. Will the champion be able to defend his world crown for the fifth time against the number 3 ranked challenger?
Gary Russell Jr (29-1) is one of the hottest talents in the lower weight classes and although he has a loss on his record, that defeat came at the hands of pound-for-pound king, Vasiliy Lomachenko. The 30-years-old will likely not fight again this year as he has only been competing once a year since 2015.
Regardless of whether Russell Jr wins or loses, it is unclear as to whether the World Boxing Council will allow him to maintain the title. Russell Jr is skipping his mandatory defense this year, and as a WBC rule is that their champions make at least one mandatory defense per year, the sanctioning body will either need to ensure he defends against his mandatory challenger, which in this case is the 2012 Olympic silver medalist Tugstsogt Nyambayar, or drop the belt.
Kiko Martinez (39-8-2) is a former IBF super bantamweight champion but the 33-years-old is seen as somewhat fortunate to land this shot given that he has lost two out of his last eight fights since 2016. Two additional fights by Martinez have ended in draws. As such, Martinez’s record in his last eight fights is 4-2-2. That’s poor for a contender fighting for a world title and it is a dismal record for a fighter ranked at number 3.
Juan Heraldez vs Argenis Mendez Predictions and Betting Tips
Juan Heraldez vs Argenis Mendez predictions and betting tips as they meet on the undercard of Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale at the Barclays Centre in New York, USA and live on Sky Sports in the early hours of Sunday morning. Will the undefeated prospect be able to continue his progression against a former world champion?
The undefeated Juan Heraldez (16-0) continued to rise up the rankings when he knocked out Eddie Ramirez in their February showdown. The 28-year-old from Las Vegas earned a decision victory over Kevin Watts and a stoppage of Maynard Allison in 2018, and those two contests followed up a unanimous decision victory over then unbeaten prospect Jose Miguel Borrego in his first 10-round bout in August 2017 on the Mayweather vs. McGregor undercard.
Argenis Mendez (25-5-2) is a former IBF Super Featherweight champion and he most recently fought to a competitive split-decision draw against Anthony Peterson in March, running his unbeaten streak up to three fights. The 32-year-old defeated Eddie Ramirez and Ivan Redkach in back-to-back fights after losses to Robert Easter Jr. and Luke Campbell.
Although at times some may mock his unorthodox approach, Deontay Wilder is undoubtedly one of the best talents in the heavyweight division and he is widely expected to retain his crown in the early hours of Sunday morning.
With potential fights such as a rematch with Tyson Fury, a contest for the undisputed title with Anthony Joshua and someone such as Dillian Whyte finally getting his shot, it would be easy for Wilder to overlook his opponent.
However, you can say a lot of things about ‘The Bronze Bomber’ but one thing you cannot level at him is that he easily gets complacent. Wilder has stopped all but one of the fighters he has been in the ring with, and given that the only man on that list who has not been knocked out is Tyson Fury, and even then he put him on the canvas twice, it is hard to imagine a fight in which we do not see more of the same.
Then there is the goal of stopping Breazeale in a better fashion than AJ managed when the pair met back in 2016. Joshua dominated that fight and stopped the American in the seventh round, and although that remains the only blemish on Breazeale’s record, it seems obvious that Wilder will be determined that he can better AJ’s performance in order to send a message to the unified champion.
On paper at least, the contest between Gary Russell Jr and Kiko Martinez looks to be pretty one sided, but even if the home fighter is a 1/50 favourite, it is worth remembering his opponent has rose to win a world championship previously and should not be discounted.
However, Martinez is not the fighter he once was and has not been particularly successful since moving up in weights. He has a record in his last eight fights of 4-2-2 and with eight defeats on his record, it seems unlikely that he will be able to improve his record in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Russell Jr may be short priced, but it is hard to make a case for anything other than the champion retaining the title. Given that Russell Jr has a healthy knockout ratio and has stopped three of his last opponents, we think that backing him to win by knockout is the best way to get some value from this contest.
Juan Heraldez is an up and coming prospect who has real ambitions of going on and challenging for a world title, so having the name of a former world champion on his record will go a long way to improving his credibility among the boxing fraternity.
Heraldez has a solid yet unspectacular record so far and the best name he has come up against to date came in his last contest, when he managed to knockout Eddie Ramirez a few months ago in Carson, California.
In Mendez he has an opponent who has a decent record, a former world champion but also someone has has been a bit of a gatekeeper for prospects of late. The 32-years-old has won only two of his previous five contests and although he is pretty active, his ambitions of getting back to the top appear to have been put on hold in favour of a decent pay day.