On the back of knocking Bermane Stiverne into the middle of next year in a single round, bookmakers in Anthony Joshua’s backyard see Deontay Wilder struggling to get the W.
Wilder beat his chest before unleashing an astonishing attack on Stiverne which temporarily rendered the Haitian unconscious. The ex-WBC ruler had previously lasted twelve rounds with the ‘Bronze Bomber’ when they met in 2015.
Granted Stiverne was a lot heavier than three years ago, although weighed the same as Joshua did for his most recent defence and was almost lifted off his feet.
Despite having no bearing on uncomparible physiques, Wilder’s power is unquestioned and should bring those harsh fractions significantly closer together.
Joshua has been troubled on more than one occasion since moving away from domestic level against Dillian Whyte, whilst Wilder can only really be accused of going through the motions in some of his defenses due to what could be construed as a lack of motivation.
Since claiming the green and gold belt in 2015, Wilder has only had unification on his mind. Even when he couldn’t secure a fellow champion, the American saw positive PED tests rip away his quest to seal the best possible opponent at that time.
Alexander Povetkin and Luis Ortiz were the ones that got away, whilst Wilder is closing in on getting his wish to square-off with Joshua in the summer of 2018.
Joshua is tipped to battle WBO title holder Joseph Parker first before Wilder in what will be one of the most anticipated heavyweight bouts of the modern era when it finally goes down.
According to the MyTopSportsbooks.com, Wilder is an eye-popping 11/4 underdog to rip Joshua’s world titles away, whilst the Briton is a largely unbackable 1/3 on, with some number crunchers.
It’s hard to predict what will happen when two fighters with a combined record of 59-0 with 58 knockouts collide in the ring, but going the full distance certainly won’t be on the cards.