Thursday, 25 April 2013

The Fans Have Voted: Audley Vs Wilder


There is a very big weekend of boxing coming up, and possibly the most intriguing match-up on Saturday night is Deontay 'Bronze Bomber' Wilder Vs Audley 'A-Force' Harrison. The fight takes place on the undercard of Khan Vs Diaz at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield and will be televised live on BoxNation (Sky 437, Virgin 546).

Like I said, this really is an intriguing match-up. Audley Harrison is coming off of three impressive victories in the Heavyweight prizefighter back in February, also becoming the first ever man to win two Prizefighter titles. But despite being in the best shape of his career and having huge momentum, Audley will enter this fight as a huge underdog because he takes on a man who is considered to be "the most devastating puncher in the world today"; Deontay Wilder. The American has a perfect record of 27-0, with 27 KO's, knocking out every single one of his opponents in four rounds or less. 

So obviously, as the stats shows, the majority of fight fans are picking Wilder to get the win, but the fact that he is still largely untested has given A-Force fans a little confidence. Here are the results:

Deontay Wilder to win - 61%

Points: 0%     KO: 100%

Audley Harrison to win - 39%

Points: 43%    KO: 57%

So, as the results clearly show, the most likely outcome in the fans' eyes is Wilder by early KO yet again. BUT, and it's a big BUT, Audley is the most skilled opponent Wilder has ever taken on, which is why 39% of the fans are picking him to cause an upset, and the majority of them believe it will be by KO. It does actually seem like most people believe the only way this fight will end is by knock out either way. You can't argue against this as it's almost certain that we won't see a high work rate from either man, just big, wild, swinging bombs. 

My pick is the same as most others in this fight. Deontay Wilder by KO in the 4th round. The stats don't lie, and they show that Wilder is a very, very hard-hitter and Audley crumbles under the pressure of bigger and more powerful opponents. It's hard to look past this outcome. But remember, Audley packs a punch too... So don't blink!

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