Deontay Wilder vs. Chris Arreola Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/16/16
Arreola vs. Wilder
Boxing: Saturday, July 16, 2016 (Legacy Arena)
The Line Arreola +2000 / Wilder -4000 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola fight Saturday at the Legacy Arena for the WBC heavyweight title on FOX.
Deontay Wilder enters this fight with a 36-0 record that includes 35 knockouts. This will be Wilder’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a January win over Artur Szpilka. Wilder was supposed to fight Alexander Povetkin back in May, but the fight was canceled due to failed drug tests. Now, Wilder has had a lot of time off and should be well prepared for his new opponent. It’s no secret what Wilder brings to the table, as he’s built like a linebacker and has some of the best knockout power in the sport. Wilder throws nothing but haymakers, and when they connect, it’s all over but the crying. Even a strong chin doesn’t guarantee you anything against Wilder, as his offensive attack is just devastating. This will be Wilder’s eighth fight in Alabama, his home state.
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Chris Arreola enters this fight with a 36-4-1 record that includes 31 knockouts. Arreola has won eight of his last 13 fights, and he’s coming off a December no decision against Travis Kauffman. Arreola has been around the block for 13 years and has been in the ring with some of the best, including Tomasz Adamek, Vitali Klitschko and Jameel McCline. The bright lights won’t get to the 35-year-old Arreola and he’s not easily intimidated. Arreola still has knockout power and has won six of his last seven fights by the stoppage. The concern with Arreola has always been his shape, as he’s been overweight many times in the ring and you’re never sure how he’s going to look fight night. This will be Arreola’s first fight in Alabama.
This should be an entertaining fight for as long as it lasts, as it’s likely going to end with Arreola getting knocked out. Wilder is the better knockout artist here, is younger, in better shape and is fighting in his own backyard. Arreola will likely get a few shots in but it’s nothing Wilder hasn’t seen before.
Wilder makes a case as the best heavyweight in the world, and there’s no reason to bet against him here.