Fight Night Tips: Best bets for Whyte v Browne
We make our pick for the heavyweight title clash in London, as the Brixton resident defends his WBC Silver belt against the undefeated Australian.
WBC Silver heavyweight champion Whyte can become the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder’s WBC world title if he wins at the O2 on Saturday night.
Whyte has bounced back from his seventh-round knockout defeat to Anthony Joshua in December 2015 with six successive wins, the last of which came on points against Robert Helenius in October.
The 29-year-old has always had plenty of power and a great chin, and he’s also improved his footwork and boxing ability since that defeat to Joshua.
He’ll need all of his skills against Browne – a former WBA world champion with an undefeated 25-fight record.
Browne’s a massive puncher, having stopped 22 of his opponents to date, and former trainer Jeff Fenech believes the Australian hits harder than Mike Tyson.
But the only world-class fighter he has ever faced was a 37-year-old Ruslan Chagaev, who retired shortly afterwards.
Browne is also close to the end of his career at the age of 39, and his stamina could be a real concern given that he’s only gone 12 rounds on three occasions, the last of which was against Andriy Rudenko in 2014.
Whyte proved in his December 2016 slugfest with Dereck Chisora that he can come through a tough 12-round fight with a win, and he is the likeliest winner if Saturday night’s fight is that kind of brawl.
‘The Body Snatcher’ can take a punch, and has the skills to outbox Browne for the distance and snap the Australian’s winning streak.
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