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Wilder v Washington: Is there any way The Bronze Bomber can be beaten?

| 25.02.2017

37 bouts, 37 wins, 36 KOs. That’s the form Deontay Wilder will take into Sunday morning’s clash with Gerald Washington at the Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama.

But he’s up against an opponent in Gerald Washington who doesn’t have too shabby a record himself (18-0-1).

This could be a step too far for the San Jose native though, as he’s a huge 8/1 outsider to claim Wilder’s WBC World heavyweight title, while 1/16 says the Bronze Bomber retains his belt for the fifth time.

It’s no surprise to see that few have backed Wilder outright at such short odds, so where is there value to be had?

In truth, the pair couldn’t be any further apart. At 31, Wilder is three years Washington’s junior, has fought in 18 more bouts and has a 97 per cent KO rate to his opponents 63 per cent.

He’s also 28 places higher than Washington in the Independent World Boxing Rankings in third place.

And while his opponent’s record looks impressive on paper, it’s worth noting that he’s never beaten anyone ranked higher than 62 at this level.

Whereas, three of Wilder’s last five victories have come against fighters in the top 23 in the aforementioned rankings list.

While this heavyweight clash will headline a three-bout card, we’re expecting it to be over early on.

On average, Wilder’s bouts last 2.8 rounds, in comparison to Washington’s figure of 4.1 rounds-per-bout. And that figure is even more remarkable when you consider the fact that he’s fought in almost double the amount of fights as his opponent.

With that in mind, there could be some value in the 10/1 on offer for Wilder to win in round three.

And if we’re talking about method of victory, there’s only one way our traders can see this one going. At 1/4, we’re expecting plenty to get on Wilder to win by KO, TKO or DQ in the next 24 hours.

On paper, this one has got a Wilder win all over it, but can Washington upset the apple cart?

Click here for a full list of Deontay Wilder v Gerald Washington odds.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Alex Apati

Alex has been with the Ladbrokes PR team since 2017 having previously worked for the news department. From sparring with Peter Fury to talking interviews on the Duke and Duchess' baby names, he's covered a range of sports and novelty events.

A frustrated West Brom fan who is no stranger to an oche, Alex is originally from Dudley, although he's worked hard to rid himself of the Black Country twang.