Boxing tips: Fury v Whyte betting odds and predictions
Jack Green makes his pick for the heavyweight title showdown at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, as Dillian Whyte takes on Tyson Fury.
Fury v Whyte odds
Dillian Whyte finally gets his shot at a world title on Saturday night as he faces heavyweight king Tyson Fury for the WBC and The Ring belts.
It’s been a long time coming for Whyte, who has held WBC Silver and interim titles in the past but was made to wait for years as former champion Deontay Wilder fought his way through a long list of journeymen and has-beens.
Whyte’s chance at glory seemed to have ended when he was knocked out by Alexander Povetkin in August 2020, but he bounced back to TKO the Russian in four rounds the following March, setting up this massive fight at Wembley.
After years of chasing Wilder, Whyte is arguably unfortunate that his title shot now comes against Fury – the consensus best heavyweight in the world and a top-five pound-for-pound fighter.
The Gypsy King is coming off back-to-back stoppage wins over Wilder, decisively claiming victory in their trilogy of fights after a controversial draw back in December 2018. With Anthony Joshua having lost his titles to Oleksandr Usyk, the heavyweight crown now clearly belongs to Fury.
That could change on Saturday night, though. Whyte has established himself as a top-five heavyweight with wins over Joseph Parker, Oscar Rivas and Povetkin, and his KO defeat to the Russian is his only loss in 13 fights since he took on Joshua back in 2015.
The Brixton man is currently the underdog to become a world champion in the biggest fight of his life.
Fury, meanwhile, is the favourite to defend his belts, setting up an undisputed title showdown with either Usyk or Joshua in the near future.
Fury v Whyte predictions
Fury’s three fights against Wilder show just why he’s considered the best heavyweight in the world.
In the first fight, he outboxed the American for 11 rounds. When he was caught with an enormous shot in the 12th, he somehow rose off the canvas and even finished the round as the aggressor.
In the rematch, he came up with an entirely new gameplan, negating Wilder’s power by roughing him up and bullying him around the ring. Wilder had no answer on the back foot, and Fury secured the stoppage.
And in the third fight, he did it all – boxing brilliantly, climbing off the floor twice, mauling Wilder and eventually landing a knockout blow.
Fury is more versatile than any of the other top heavyweights. His boxing brain and stamina mean he can fight in a number of ways for all 12 rounds, and beating him is going to be incredibly difficult for Whyte, who really only has one mode.
Whyte is tough, durable, and probably the best heavyweight in the world when it comes to body shots. The Bodysnatcher wears down his opponents’ conditioning before going upstairs, and he’s demonstrated his power with huge knockouts against Lucas Browne and Dereck Chisora.
Fury won’t be able to switch off against Whyte or he’ll be on the canvas, just as he was four times over the course of the Wilder trilogy.
The champion has proven that he can get up from even the most devastating of knockdowns, though, and it’s hard to bet against him here given his size, speed and stamina advantages.
Whyte’s conditioning has proven an issue in the past, while Fury never seems to slow down. He’ll drag this fight into the later rounds, and will then be a huge favourite to get the job done.
It would be no surprise if this fight goes the distance, but Fury has the killer instinct to capitalise on Whyte’s struggles in the championship rounds and a late stoppage looks a good bet here.
Fury to win in rounds 10-12
Fury to win in round 11
Fury to win in round 12
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