Sunday, 01 January 2017 04:00

Wilder vs Wawrzyk odds: Colossal

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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder returns to the ring to face Polish star Andrzej Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KO) on February 25 at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

The fight will be Wilder's first in seven months, since he broke his hand against Chris Arreola last July. And oddsmakers believe Wilder's fifth title defense will be a successful one.

As of January 1, Bet365 and betfair have slated Deontay as a 100 to 1 favorite. Wawrzyk is their 16 to 1 and 20 to 1 underdog, respectively.

So what gives? Wawrzyk is 33-1, 19 KOs.

In his only bout against a name fighter in top condition, Alexander Povetkin, Wawrzyk was dispatched in the third round in May 2013.

The prevailing notion is Wilder has superior skills, is stronger, has faced and beaten better opponents, and is the all-around better fighter. Moreover, knocking out 36 of 37 opponents certainly doesn't hurt his cause.

Wilder also presumably has the advantage in a boxing match and a brawl.

Staying relatively active, Wilder has made successful title defenses against Chris Arreola, Artur Szpilka, Johann Duhaupas and Eric Molina, and has stopped them all inside the distance despite looking human uncharacteristically human at times.