Fight Night tips: Best bets for Whyte v Parker
Make the most of Saturday night's boxing at the O2 with these tips, which cover the heavyweight main event and two undercard bouts.
Dillian Whyte v Joseph Parker
Saturday night’s main event at the O2 is not just a meeting of two of Anthony Joshua’s vanquished opponents – it’s a chance for these elite heavyweights move right to the front of the queue for a world title.
Whyte has come a long way since he was stopped by Joshua in 2015, winning his last seven fights, four inside the distance.
Parker, meanwhile, hasn’t boxed since he lost on points to Joshua four months ago.
The New Zealander struggled to cause the IBF, WBA and now-WBO champion any real problems in that bout, and has now disappointed in four successive fights with unimpressive wins over Andy Ruiz, Razvan Cojanu and Hughie Fury.
While Parker is the former world champion of these two fighters, Whyte is arguably the one closer to a title shot and he looks good value to win at .
Parker has the edge in terms of speed, but Whyte can neutralise that advantage with his crushing body shots.
The Brixton heavyweight goes to the body than any other top fighter in the division, and he uses those shots to set up a dangerous overhand right.
Whyte is also better conditioned than he looks, and tends to come on strong as the fight goes on, so there’s little chance him being outlasted on Saturday night.
Parker has never even been knocked down, despite having faced arguably the biggest puncher in the heavyweight decision, so a knockout win for Whyte is unlikely.
A victory on points for the 30-year-old is a good bet, though, at .
There’s also value in backing a Whyte win with no total knockdowns, currently priced at .
Dereck Chisora v Carlos Takam
Chisora has lost three of his last six fights, beating only no-name opponents, and his performance in a majority decision defeat to Agit Kabayel in Monaco last November suggests he’s finished as a top-tier heavyweight.
The 34-year-old still has plenty of power, but he’ll struggle to do much damage against the obdurate Takam.
The Cameroonian has a granite chin and gave Anthony Joshua a really tough time in a 10th-round loss last October.
In what’s sure to be a slugfest, back the 37-year-old to grind out a win on points at .
Katie Taylor v Kimberly Connor
Taylor should breeze through her third world title defence.
The Olympic gold medallist has never been close to defeat in her nine professional bouts. She has won five by unanimous decision and four inside the distance, while Connor has lost two of her last six.
Taylor has been taken to the scorecards by each of her last three opponents, though, so another decision looks likely this weekend.
Given that Connor has only been stopped once in her career, a points win for Taylor is the best bet at .
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