Deontay Wilder vs Joseph Parker Odds: Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips For The Fight
Wilder vs Parker Predictions:
Flying under the radar in Saudi Arabia is the huge bout between Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker, which will be the penultimate fight on the 'Day of Reckoning' card this Saturday evening.
Wilder, known as the Bronze Bomber, enters the ring as the odds-on favourite (1.2) according to NZ betting sites, following his impressive first-round obliteration of Robert Helenius in his last fight.
That victory not only solidified the Alabama Slammer's dominance but also improved his knockout-to-win percentage to an astounding 97.67%, now standing as the highest in the history of heavyweight boxing.
Despite the odds being stacked against him, Parker remains undeterred, coming into the fight with the belief that he can defy expectation and secure his fourth consecutive victory since defeat to Joe Joyce in September 2022.
Wilder Possesses Detonating Power
With 42 of his 43 wins coming by way of knockout, it will come as no surprise that we anticipate Wilder to once again end this bout within the distance.
The 38-year-old powerhouse's lone exception in those 43 wins came against Bermane Stiverne. Even in that instance, he managed to sink the Haitian-Canadian to the canvas on three occasions before stopping him in the first round of their rematch two years later.
It almost renders any selection on boxing betting sites for Wilder to win by anything other than a stoppage as irrelevant, as his only other fight that reached the final bell was the memorable draw against Tyson Fury in 2018.
With a potential showdown against Anthony Joshua looming in 2024 - provided both emerge victorious in Riyadh - the Bronze Bomber aims to send a resounding statement to the Brit by dispatching his New Zealand counterpart in emphatic fashion.
AJ has fuelled the anticipation further, declaring Wilder's clash with Parker a "50-50 match up" as he attempts to get under the American's skin.
With just five losses in a combined 82 fights, both fighters are set to deliver a potentially headline-stealing performance, making this bout a strong contender for the fight of the night.
While the New Zealander has suffered just a single knockout defeat, he has yet to face one of the most formidable heavyweight punchers in the history of boxing.
That knockout loss came against Joe Joyce, with defeats to Joshua and Dillian Whyte by unanimous decision making up his other two setbacks.
The duo approach this crucial bout with the mindset of a loss being incomprehendable, as it could jeopardise any chances of future mega fights.
Anticipating a frenetic display, we predict the Bronze Bomber to deliver a compelling performance, securing a devastating finish and he is 1.3 with Betway to oblige.
Expect A Blistering Start From Wilder
Wilder's record boasts an impressive 20 first-round knockouts, illustrating that a remarkable 48% of his total knockouts have occurred within the opening three minutes of his fights.
In his 46-fight career, the 38-year-old has accumulated just 162 rounds, resulting in an average of less than four rounds per bout.
Given these striking statistics, the odds of 2.38 provided by William Hill for the American to secure victory within the first six rounds are particularly intriguing.
Doubts arose when the former Olympic bronze medallist took a year off after his defeat to Fury in their trilogy match. However, any uncertainties were promptly dispelled by Wilder's emphatic return in which he recorded a thunderous first-round knockout of Helenius after a 12-month layoff.
While a repeat of that first-round stoppage may be a stretch, the 'Day of Reckoning' card is undeniably one of the most significant in the modern era, promising a record number of eyes on the co-main event.
And with a potential showdown against AJ in the pipeline, Wilder has the opportunity to enhance his prospects by dispatching a formidable opponent in the early rounds.
At 38 years old, Wilder likely has only a couple of years left in the ring at the top level. While his durability has been relatively untested, Parker stands out as a challenging adversary over a longer distance - one of which he will look to avoid.
A noteworthy advantage for the New Zealander is his close friendship with Tyson Fury, the only man to defeat Wilder, who now resides in Morecambe. This insider knowledge could potentially offer the 31-year-old an edge, as it seemingly did in Parker's victories over Derek Chisora.
However, it's essential to acknowledge that Wilder's distinct fighting style and towering height make him a much more imposing and, frankly, a different kind of task.
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