Deontay Wilder fights Dominic Breazeale (Picture: Getty)Deontay Wilder defends his WBC title against Dominic Breazeale this Saturday, with many onlookers expecting the champion to claim the 41st win of his career.
The American is fighting for the first time since his dramatic draw with Tyson Fury last December, taking on a mandatory challenger he has a history with.
Breazeale and Wilder clashed in a hotel lobby scuffle way back in 2017 and the former has been chasing a fight with the champion ever since.
Here we go through some of the best predictions for the fight in New York, with Anthony Joshua backing his rival for another knockout.
FRANK WARREN: ‘I expect Deontay Wilder to win this weekend. We want Wilder to win this weekend, but I think Breazeale will give him a fight.’
PAULIE MALIGNAGGI: ‘If Deontay starts to get backed up, the way Breazeale likes to do, you could see some problems. I think a solid performance from Deontay Wilder, I think it will get people talking about him a positive sense.’
MALIK SCOTT: ‘Breazeale is very tough, he’s a big man, he’s imposing. Deontay’s plate is full but I believe he will pass this test with flying colours.’
EDDIE HEARN: ‘Dominic Breazeale, AJ played with him over six rounds. Didn’t lose a second of any round. He stopped him and that was in his 17th fight. This is Wilder’s 42nd fight.’
ANTHONY JOSHUA: ‘Styles make fights, I think Wilder will fare well against Breazeale. I think Wilder is too quick, he’s a very, very fast heavyweight, but Breazeale is tough, took me seven rounds. I hope Wilder does it in nine, so I can be like ‘hey I done it earlier’.’
BEN DAVISON: ‘I think the Wilder of usual turns up, I think it could be an early night – within five rounds. But, if there’s too many changes and there is psychological damage [from the Tyson Fury fight], then it could be an interesting one.’
TEDDY ATLAS: ‘Breazeale’s been knocked out before [by Joshua] and you would expect him to get knocked out again.’
FROM THE FIGHTERS
‘I would advise Dominic Breazeale to not bring his kids to this fight, that’s how serious it is.
‘I’m always looking for a huge knockout, something to impress the fans and impress the boxing community. At the same time, I’m never looking for it. I’m never trying to surge and try too hard to get the knockout.
‘I always let it come. But this one, it’s going to be a lot better success. It’s going to be a lot better sleeping May 18 the night after I win the title, if I get a knockout.’