BIRMINGHAM, AL — WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder and challenger Johann Duhaupus completed their weigh-in earlier today at the Legacy Arena. The champion tipped the scales at 228.6 while Duhaupus came in at 236 even.
PREDICTION: Never heard of Dupauhas? That’s exactly why he was chosen. Wilder will be facing a stern test next year against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. For that reason alone, Wilder was not going to take a serious risk beforehand. The slow ticket sales (6500 as of today for a 13,000+ arena) is another indicator of how fans, even in Wilder’s backyard, are viewing this matchup.
Despite his 6’5 frame, Dupauhus is a relatively light puncher (59% KO), has slow hands and is at a reach disadvantage. Wilder long right should land at will from the outside. Anything outside of a easy night’s work for the Bronze Bomber would be shocking. WILDER EARLY KO
BREAZEALE (258) VS. KASSI (222.6): Fred Kassi had an exciting war against Chris Arreola in July. Although that ended in a disputed draw, Kassi gets another PBC date against prospect Dominic Breazeale. Kassi normally starts fast, but that also means his fades fairly quickly. And unlike Arreola, Breazeale’s better days are in front of him, BREAZEALE TKO6