If Saturday night’s rematch is anywhere near as good as the first fight between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora, then we’re in for a treat.
Whyte’s split-decision win in December 2016 was one of the greatest heavyweight fights in British history, as the gruelling brawl managed to overshadow the handful of altercations between the pair outside of the ring.
There hasn’t been as much drama in the lead up to this one, but the bout should be even better given that both heavyweights come into it in great form after impressive wins.
Whyte beat former WBO champion Joseph Parker on points in July to win the WBC Silver title, and he’s now won eight successive fights since he was beaten by Anthony Joshua three years ago.
Chisora, meanwhile, knocked out Carlos Takam in a cracking fight on the undercard of Whyte v Parker, and he looks to be in the best shape of his career after hiring former rival David Haye as his manager in October.
The 34-year-old has never been an elite talent and has occasionally underperformed against opponents he should easily beat, like Agit Kayabel, who beat him in Monaco in 2017.
When Chisora’s motivated, though, he’s a dangerous opponent for anyone, and plenty of people believe he should have been given the decision in his first fight with Whyte.
Chisora seemed to reach a new level in his win over Takam, but there’s no doubt that Whyte is a much better fighter now than he was back in 2016.
The Brixton heavyweight has always had power, and he’s also a much better boxer now as well as one of the best body punchers in the division.
Two wins by decision in his last three fights prove that he’s now got the conditioning to last 12 rounds after he tired out in the later rounds against Chisora the first time around, and he should come through this test and move on to bigger things, like another shot at Joshua in 2019.
At , though, there’s not much value in just backing the Whyte win.
Chisora’s got the chin and heart to go the distance again, so a win on points for Whyte is a better bet at .
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