Johann Duhaupas vs. Deontay Wilder Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/26/15
Deontay Wilder vs. Johann Duhaupas
Boxing: Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Legacy Arena)
The Line: Duhaupas +1600 / Wilder -3200 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Johann Duhaupas and Deontay Wilder fight Saturday night at the Legacy Arena for the WBC World heavyweight title.
Johann Duhaupas enters this fight with a 32-2 record that includes 20 knockouts. Duhaupas has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a April win over Manuel Charr. Duhaupas is a tall fighter at 6’5”, has a decent jab and does a better than expected job at defending given his size. Duhaupas moves well around the ring and obviously has knockout power with six of his last seven victories ending in the seventh round or earlier. Of course, the main concerns with Duhaupas is that he’s still an unknown and has never fought somebody at this caliber on this stage. We'll certainly learn a lot more about the Frenchman after this fight. This will be Duhaupas’ first time fighting in the United States.
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Deontay Wilder enters this fight with a 34-0 record that includes 33 knockouts. This is Wilder’s third fight this year, and he’s coming off a June win over Éric Molina. Wilder really doesn’t need much of an introduction, as he’s one of the stronger punchers in boxing and has insane knockout power. After all, Wilder has knocked out 97 of his opponents and 18 of those have come in the first round. Wilder is super aggressive and only needs a couple of good licks to land for a bout to end. The only real concerns so far for Wilder is that his chin hasn’t really been tested and he does open himself up at times as he’s looking for the knockout blow. This will be Wilder’s seventh career fight in Alabama, his home state.
Even if we knew more about Duhaupas, Wilder would still be the heavy favorite and would probably still win this fight. Wilder is just a different breed of heavyweight and is in his prime at just 29 years old. Oh, Wilder is also fighting in his home state of Alabama where he’ll have a ridiculous crowd advantage.
Wilder remains unbeaten.