Wilder vs Washington odds: Do you really want to know?Written by Lee Cleveland
So, what are the odds of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KO) retaining his title next Saturday?
Do you really want to know?
They are pretty high.
The WBC champ is a massive favorite to defeat Gerald Washington (18-0-1, 12 KO). BetOnline has Wilder at -1600 while the challenger is positioned at +900. And Westgate Las Vegas and SPORTS Betting, like BetOnline, have Wilder and Washington slated at -1600 and + 900 respectively.
Hence, a $1600 bet on Wilder would profit you $100 while a $100 wager on Washington would yield a cool $900.
Not surprisingly, though, many oddsmakers aren't taking orders for this fight.
Wilder boasts superior skills, has faced and beaten better opponents and has impressively knocked out 36 of 37 opponents. In fact, Deontay has 17 more KOs than Washington has pro fights.
Wilder vs Washington
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Broadcast: FOX (U.S.)
Titles: WBC Heavyweight
Champion: Deontay Wilder
But let's be fair to the challenger... He's taken this fight on 3-4 weeks notice so he hasn't had ample time to prepare for an opponent of Wilder's class. Nevertheless, it appears Gerald didn't get memo about his chances of winning.
“He’s gonna be shocked, just like every fighter that steps in the ring with me,” Washington told BoxingScene.com last week. “I’m gonna surprise him, and it’s gonna be very humbling to him.”
But what about Wilder's explosive power? Isn't Washington the least bit concerned about that?
“Everybody can punch, man,” Washington said. “Everybody keeps talking about how Deontay can punch. Everybody can punch. If he lines you up, yeah OK, cool. I know I need to defend for that big punch...."
Washington is a big, strong athletic guy who is just as tall and long as Wilder so size won't be an issue. However, on paper Wilder is several levels above his foe in skill level and experience. As the fight progresses, look for that separation of class to get wider and become more and more apparent.
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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