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This Saturday Night PBC Boxing on Fox beginning at 8pm eastern live from Birmingham Alabama, is the hometown title defense for the undefeated WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder 36-0, (35 KOs) vs Chris Arreola 36-4-1, (31 KOs). Fans were expecting the highly anticipated fight with Wilder and Alexander Povetkin in Russia, but the fight was cancelled due to Povetkin having testing positive for PED’s. Wilder will take on journeymen and former heavyweight champ Arreola. For Wilder, this should be a stay-busy fight and should not face much of a challenge. Wilder has been knocked for taking easy fights in the past, but this situation is different as no fighter can plan for a fight being cancelled due to a failed drug test. That being said, Arreola may not be on the same level as Wilder, or won’t be coming into the ring in the best shape, but he will come to fight.
Fighter Breakdown: Wilder being the WBC champ brings in a high level of athleticism and extreme punching power with his vicious right hand that has put 35 of 36 opponents out cold. Some weak points in Wilder’s fighting style is his usual awkward footwork at times and the way he leaves his chin out exposing himself for a quick counter knock out (KO). Look for Deontay to try different tactics on Arreola as he can prepare for future fights during this stay-busy night. Arreola knows that this is his last time to fight for the heavyweight championship and he should fight accordingly. By keeping Wilder inside and creating a sloppy low tempo fight will, be Arreola’s best opportunity to win this fight. Arreola can expect heavy pressure from Deontay the entire fight. If he can utilize his ability to fight off his back foot with accurate counter punching and avoid Deontay’s powerful right hand, could be a wise strategy and may present a chance to altar the expected outcome.
Prediction: Wilder will keep his WBC Heavyweight Championship belt by late a round TKO. This may be a take fight for Arreola, but he has only been knocked out once within his career four loses. Arreola can absolutely take a punch so expect a decent test for Wilder despite losing.