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Deontay Wilder says Breazeale's style suited him more than it did for Joshua

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Comparisons between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua were always likely as soon as fans knew the American was due to face AJ's old foe, Dominic Breazeale, last weekend.

Back in 2016, Joshua took seven rounds to deal the final blow against 6ft 7in American at the O2 Arena.

On Saturday in New York, Wilder only needed one round to overpower Breazeale and defend his WBC title in explosive fashion.

On paper, narrow-minded fans will see the comparison as proof Wilder is the best heavyweight in the world. The truth is, it is never quite that straightforward.

And even Wilder has admitted other factors were at play and put his latest rapid knockout down to Breazeale's natural style playing right into his hands.

“I mean, it’s hard,” Wilder said, per Boxing Scene. “You know, when you’re in boxing we always say styles make fights. And it’s so true.

"You know, certain styles may not complement other styles. And Breazeale’s style complements mines. Any guy that gets in the ring and can’t move their head or are not flexible, you know, it’s perfect for me. You know, because I’m gonna set you up and I’m faster than what people think.

Deontay Wilder v Dominic Breazeale

"You know, people think, ‘Oh, he just got a right hand, so you stay away from that.’ You know, but when I settle myself down, and really use my intelligence in the ring, magic happens. And tonight, I displayed that.”

Wilder maintained his unbeaten record of 41-1-0 and still holds onto his WBC heavyweight title.

Fans of heavyweight boxing have been wanting to see the two fighters at the top of the division fight for some time now but the anticipated Wilder v AJ match-up is yet to happen.

Wilder has played down the meaning of him beating Breazeale in such quick time and its relation to himself and Joshua.

“You know, we can compare all we want,” Wilder added. “But, you know, at the end of the day, when both of us get in the ring, you don’t know what’s gonna happen.

"I can’t say that I’m gonna knock him out. I can’t say he’s gonna knock me out. We just have to see when that time comes, and see what happens.”

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