Breazeale vs Molina: Odds, predictionWritten by Lee Cleveland
Earlier today, it was announced the WBC has made the winner of Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KO) vs Eric Molina (26-4, 19 KO) the mandatory challenger to champion Deontay Wilder should the latter win tomorrow night.
Of course, Breazeale vs Molina will take place on the undercard of Wilder’s title defense against Bermane Stiverne in Brooklyn on Saturday.
The WBC's ruling came as a surprise as Breazeale was KO'd last year by IBF/WBA Champ Anthony Joshua while Molina was stopped inside the distance by Wilder in 2015 and Joshua in 2016. Moreover, neither fighter has done anything since to warrant a mandatory spot.
Joshua vs Wilder woes?
Some insist the announcement by the WBC is upsetting news because Wilder won't be able to fight his WBA/IBF peer next without relinquishing his title, but Joshua vs Wilder wasn't happening next anyway due to lack of mainstream demand.
Sit tight. Joshua vs Wilder will happen in late 2018 or early 2019 if both fighters continue to win.
Dominic Breazeale is a strong favorite to defeat Molina but this fight will be more interesting than the odds suggest.
Dominic Breazeale 1/4
Eric Molina 11/4
Dominic Breazeale 1/7
Eric Molina 9/2
Why do bettors like Dominic so much?
WBC HEAVYWEIGHT RATINGS
NOV 3, 2017
CHAMPION - Deontay Wilder
1 .- Bermane Stiverne (Haiti/Canada)
2 .- Luis Ortiz (Cuba)
3 .- Dillian Whyte (Jamaica/GB) INTL
4 .- Andy Ruiz (Mexico)
5 .- Carlos Takam (Cameroon)
6 .- Dominic Breazeale (US)
7 .- Mariusz Wach (Poland)
8 .- Dereck Chisora (GB)
9 .- Johann Duhaupas (France)
10 .- Oscar Rivas (Colombia/US) NABF
11 .- Charles Martin (US)
12 .- Eric Molina (US)
13 .- Agit Kabayel (Germany) EBU
14 .- Lucas Browne (Australia)
15 .- Adam Kownacki (US) CBP/P
16 .- Robert Helenius (Finland) INTL Silver
17 .- Kyotaro Fujimoto (Japan) OPBF
18 .- Hughie Fury (GB)
19 .- Tony Bellew (GB)
20 .- Alexander Dimitrenko (Russia)
21 .- Amir Mansour (US) USNBC
22 .- Trevor Bryan (US)
23 .- Alexander Ustinov (Russia)
24 .- Travis Kauffman (US)
25 .- Bryant Jennings (US)
A pro since November 2012, Breazeale participated at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and has a solid amateur pedigree.
At 32 years old, he is now 18-1 with 17 KOs with his sole defeat coming at the hands of Anthony Joshua who is roundly considered the best heavyweight in the world.
In February, Breazeale impressively got off the canvas to KO the surging Izuagbe Ugonoh (then 17-0) and has a previous win over Amir Mansour (then 22-1-1) who suffered a severe laceration in his mouth after biting through his tongue and was forced to quit on his stool.
At 6'7", Breazeale is three inches taller than Molina and is the more skilled and athletic fighter.
Aside from defeating a faded Tomasz Adamek in April 2016, Molina doesn’t have a win against a name opponent. And since being stopped by Joshua last December, Molina struggled against Jamal Woods (then 13-35-7) in September, earning a majority decision.
Eric fought well against Wilder despite being KO'd in Round 9. He won a few rounds and countered well, landing damaging power body shots whenever Wilder got close. In fact, Molina wobbled Wilder with a left hook but could not get close enough himself to follow up. Overall, Molina exceeded expectations and seemed to have Wilder frustrated on several occasions, much to the chagrin of those who had hoped it would be a Wilder showcase.
Big right hand
Eric boasts a sneaky right hand that may be one of the biggest weapons in the heavyweight division. Look for the 35 year old Eric Molina to attempt to create opportunities to drop it. If he can find a home for that shot, things could get interesting.
Also, if Breazeale is too pre-occupied with Molina's right, don't be surprised if the Eric attempts home run volleys with his left hook.
Breazeale vs Molina prediction
Although Molina will have a few good moments, look for Breazeale to control the fight from the outside, using his jab and right hands of his own to chop down and slow Molina round after round.
Breazeale TKO 11 Molina