Matt Corner picks out the best bets from Saturday's big fight, live on Sky Sports 3.
He’s been unstoppable in 36 fights and Deontay Wilder doesn’t at all look worried as he prepares to face off against Chris Arreola in the fourth defence of his WBC title. The pundits are predicting a whitewash in Wilder’s favour, but how long can Arreola last against the ‘Bronze Bomber’?
Famous as the current holder of the WBC Heavyweight title, Deontay Wilder began to make his name in boxing in 2008 and has since taken the professional boxing world by storm with a record of 36-0. Known for his powerful straight right, Wilder has won 35 of his 36 fights by knockout and 18 of those have come in the first round. A true knockout artist, Bomber has an unpredictable and overpower style of fighting but also carries immense physical stamina should he find himself in a longer fight. Standing at 6ft 7in and with a reach of over 83 Inches, the physically dominant and younger Deontay will have no concerns stepping into the ring against his 35-year-old opponent. With a knockout ratio of 97.2%, Wilder will be heading to his home state of Alabama with one outcome in mind - putting Chris Arreola on the canvas early.
Chris ‘The Nightmare’ Arreola is a Californian boxer with the experience of 43 professional fights, earning a respectable record of 36-4-1 with 2 no contests to his name. The fighter is another hard hitter and has ended 31 fights by knockout since his career began 15 years ago. The less fit Arreola will be trying to catch Wilder with a big heavy shot in the early stages but may suffer serious damage as he tires after the opening rounds. Famously Beaten by Vitali Klitschko in 2009, Saturday night may well be another painful night for Arreola and his waning boxing career.
Both fighters will be heading into the fight looking for a short contest but the difference will come down to skill and ability in the opening stages, where Arreola is lacking in fitness he will be dominated by Wilder and the fight will almost certainly end in a knockout victory in favour of wilder. Starting with energy Arreola will be trying to catch Deontay with a lucky shot in the opening stages but will find he’s in dangerous territory as Wilder over powers him in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.
I see a powerful start from both men with Arreola’s defensive discipline failing before Deontay Wilder knocks out Arreola in the 3rd round.