Wilder vs Joshua odds won't holdWritten by Leroy Cleveland
In a mesmerizing performance, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder knocked out Bermane Stiverne in the first round tonight.
Stiverne, who entered the fight as previously the only man of 38 Wilder opponents to go the distance, didn't get a chance to get started.
Aggressive, Wilder started fast, popping a hard left jab like a welterweight.
Midway through the round, Wilder unleashed a wicked right hand in between Stiverne's guard that left the challenger on the seat of his pants.
Stiverne looked stunned but wasn't visibly hurt.
However, Bermane would be sent to the canvas moments later and this time Bermane arose looking disinterested in continuing while Deontay showboated in his corner.
When the action resumed, Wilder, sensing the end, pounced on his foe. Wilder would land a few shots but it was a thudding left hook that ultimately ended the fight.
Stiverne was down and the referee didn't bother counting as Bermane got half way up before falling on his face.
Joshua vs Wilder
Deontay finally notched that unforgettable performance on the big stage. He looked sensational and, of course, would love nothing more than to face his IBF/WBA peer Anthony Joshua.
Joshua vs Wilder odds
In the morning hours of November 5, Joshua is the solid favorite over Wilder.
... Expect that margin to change.
SkyBet has Anthony Joshua as a hefty 2/5 favorite while Wilder is a 7/4 underdog. And several other bettors have similar lines.
Look for the odds to tighten over the next several days. In fact, by the time they fight, the odds could hover around 50-50.
Personally, Wilder should be a slight favorite.
Wilder's next fight?
It won't be Joshua.
Risk vs revenue is the most important element when negotiating a superfight and, rest-assured, Team Joshua won't face Wilder without a massive reward... Especially after tonight. Look for Deontay to face Dillian Whyte or Dominic Breazeale, his WBC mandatory opponent, next.