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Deontay Wilder vs. Zhilei Zhang: Odds, How to Watch Heavyweight Bout

Gabriel Santiago
Gabriel Santiago@gps_onthemic
Deontay Wilder vs. Zhilei Zhang: Odds, How to Watch Heavyweight Bout

This Saturday (Jun. 1), the boxing community will be treated to a unique event. Continuing Riyadh Season, two juggernaut British promotions will clash in historic fashion.

Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn will each bring a team of fighters to Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Arena. This weekend, get ready for 5 vs. 5: Queensbury vs. Matchroom.

As transparent as the name suggests, Queensbury Promotions and Matchroom Sports will both bring five boxers under respective representation to take on the other side. In Saturday's headline fight, prepare for a booming brawl between heavyweights Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (43-3-1, 42 KO) and Zhilei "Big Bang" Zhang (26-2-1, 21 KO).

An evening of five solid matchups will be capped by a couple of bazookas in the ring. Given the explosive fighting styles between Wilder and Zhang, this will be one not to miss.

When it comes to the main event, FanDuel Sportsbook has the moneylines here priced quite closely. Let's dive into the odds, how to watch Wilder v. Zhang and fighter histories.

Deontay Wilder vs. Zhilei Zhang Fight Odds

All Wilder-Zhang boxing odds via FanDuel Sportsbook.
Updated May 31, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Moneyline

  • Wilder: +136
  • Zhang: -166

Round Total

  • 6.5 rounds (-126/-102)

Will Fight Go the Distance?

  • Yes: +300
  • No: -430

Method Of Victory

  • Zhang by Points or Decision: +600
  • Zhang by KO/TKO: +100
  • Draw: +1800
  • Wilder by Points or Decision: +1200
  • Wilder by KO/TKO: +185

Specific round betting for Wilder-Zhang is also available at FanDuel Sportsbook.

How To Watch Wilder vs. Zhang

DAZN is the exclusive broadcaster for Wilder-Zhang. 5 vs. 5: Queensbury vs. Matchroom is a pay-per-view event available for purchase to U.S. viewers at $69.99 (in addition to existing subscriptions).

This showcase is jointly presented by Queensbury Promotions and Matchroom Boxing. The six-bout fight card is slated to begin at 2 p.m. ET with ringwalks for Wilder and Zhang unconfirmed at time of authorship. Still, I'd expect the main event to go off between 5 and 5:30 p.m. ET.

Remember: this fight is taking place across the planet in Saudi Arabia. That means West Coast viewers can watch late Saturday afternoon.

Fighter History

Zhilei Zhang

As one of China's top heavyweight boxers of all-time, Zhilei Zhang loves to mix it up in the ring. The southpaw never shies away from contact. In 29 professional fights, Zhang has scored 26 wins with 21 knockouts (80.77% KO rate).

"Big Bang" Zhang offers both size and skills to a high degree. The Zhoukou native stands at 6-foot-6 with an 80-inch reach. He was once an Olympic silver medalist (2008 Beijing) for China. Much more recently, Zhang held the WBO interim heavyweight title for almost 12 months.

His last time out (also in Riyadh), Zhang lost a majority decision in close fashion to the New Zealander Joseph Parker. Zhang dropped Parker to the canvas in rounds three and eight but fell stagnant throughout the bout's middle portion. Still, Parker felt every bit of Zhang's crushing power.

Zhang -- now 41 years old -- has lost just twice as a pro, but he has never been knocked out. That is an interesting nugget when reflecting on FanDuel Sportsbook's "to go the distance" market, which yields three-to-one odds for Zhang and Wilder to complete all 12 rounds on Saturday.

Wilder's massive right hand is regarded as one of the strongest in the sport, and rightfully so, but Zhang's left hand warrants equal respect. From there, the southpaw's straight left is lightning quick. Incidentally, Zhang is listed with even-money odds (+100) to defeat Wilder by stoppage.

Deontay Wilder

Entering as a short underdog, 38-year-old Deontay Wilder has a shot to get his boxing career back on the fast track with a win over the lefty Zhang this weekend. Carrying +136 moneyline odds at FanDuel, Wilder is left with a 42.4% implied probability.

Known for a staggering career KO rate (97.67%) and an animated trilogy with Tyson Fury, Wilder has 47 fights of professional experience. In that time, "The Bronze Bomber" has won 43 bouts -- 42 of which have come via stoppage.

Hailing from Alabama, the American fighter is also looking to avoid consecutive losses. Like Zhang, Wilder lost to Big Joe Parker in Saudi Arabia for his most recent match.

The tale of the tape measures Wilder slightly longer than Zhang. The Tuscaloosa native is listed at 6-foot-7 with a reach of 83 inches. However, Wilder will need to prepare for a battle of front-foot positioning, as he has not fought a lefty since 2019.

Within FanDuel Sportsbook's method of victory category, Wilder has +185 odds to win by KO/TKO while also holding 12-to-1 odds to win by decision/points. Given that Wilder has been awarded victory via the scorecards just once in nearly 50 pro bouts, that pricing checks out.

5 vs. 5: Queensbury vs. Matchroom Full Card

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