Monday, 04 September 2017 00:42

Joshua vs Wilder prediction: Not everyone favors the Brit

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They are considered by many as the best heavyweights in the world.... IBF/WBA Champ Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) and WBC Champ Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs).

Their combined record is an amazing 57-0, 56 KO.

Quite naturally, Joshua vs Wilder is the best match-up in the division and, perhaps, one of the best in boxing along with Canelo vs Golovkin and Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux.

And while most seem to favor Joshua in a head-to-head match-up, one credible heavyweight thinks otherwise.

Enter former top contender Chris Arreola, one of the most established heavyweights in the last decade.

Chris, who lost to Wilder last year, has nothing but praise for the WBC champ.

"I gotta give it up to Wilder, because he’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing. He’s knocking out people he’s supposed to be knocking out, and these guys he’s been fighting are not slouches."

"The only fighter [fellow undefeated world champion Anthony] Joshua has faced who has impressed me is obviously [Wladimir] Klitschko. That was a great fight," Arreola told Premier Boxing Champions.

"They’re both very different hard punchers. Wilder’s is like a whipping punch—it’s like the punch you don’t see coming, but it’s strong."

"I’d give it to Wilder. He’s become a smart, athletic fighter. And when he lets his hands go, it’s a thing of a beauty," Arreola said.

Wilder is so explosive, it's scary. He's capable of looking ordinary for several rounds and then BANG! He unleashes a wicked combination and the fight is, for all intents and purposes, over.

Negotiations aren't finished yet bit it appears Deontay Wilder will face #1 WBA contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) on November 4 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. And Joshua is slated to face his IBF mandatory opponent, Kubrat Pulev, this fall.

Look for Joshua to face Joseph Parker should he defeat Pulev. If Wilder defeats the Cuban wrecking nachine, Ortiz, look for him to step in the ring with a less threatening opponent before meeting Joshua in last 2018 or sometime in 2019 if both fighters continue their winning ways.

Chris Arreola (36-5-1-2, 31 KO) has challenged three times for the WBC heavyweight title. Boasting a deep amateur pedigree, Arreola had about 200 amateur bouts by the age of 16. In addition to Wilder, he's faced the likes of Vitali Klitschko, Bermane Stiverne, Seth Mitchell, Éric Molina, Jameel McCline and Tomasz Adamek as a pro.

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Leroy Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.