WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) is a huge 60:1 favorite over #12 WBC Andrzej Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KOs) for their fight on February 25 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Being a favorite of that magnitude is embarrassing. We at Boxing News Results believe that fights involving world champions should be more competitive on paper than what we’re seeing with Wilder and the 29-year-old Wawrzyk.
This is supposed to be Wilder’s last fight before he takes on a better caliber opponent in 2017. He could fight the winner of the Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko fight or his mandatory. I think the fans are getting kind of restless with Wilder with all the voluntary defenses he’s had over guys that were totally over-matched.
Wilder has already had four voluntary defenses in a row since beating Bermane Stiverne to win the World Boxing Council title two years ago. The WBC can insist on Wilder fighting his mandatory in his next fight if they’d pick somebody out. Deontay doesn’t have a designated mandatory challenger at this time.
David Haye a 7:1 favorite to defeat Tony Bellew on March 4
Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) is a big 7:1 favorite to defeat cruiserweight Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) in their fight on March 4 at the O2 Arena in London, England. This isn’t surprising news, because Bellew is moving up from the cruiserweight division to face the 36-year-old Haye at heavyweight without any prior experience in that weight class. While some boxing fans believe that the cruiserweight division is so close to heavyweight that experience isn’t needed, I tend to disagree.
I think it’s important to have experience. Bellew, 33, isn’t that great of a fighter anyway, and he’s always been very easy to hit. Bellew’s chin is fairly solid, but he has been hurt in the past in his fight against Adonis Stevenson. Haye is like a bigger version of Stevenson, which is not good for Bellew. However, Bellew has shown the ability in the past to handle sluggers by staying on the outside and using his jab to box his way to a decision. He’ll need to do the same thing against Haye for him to have a chance of winning the fight. If Bellew slips up for a second and tries to slug with him, then I see him getting knocked out. The odds-makers have it right in placing Haye as a big 7:1 favorite in this fight.