On Saturday, Tyson Fury makes the latest defence of his WBC and The Ring heavyweight championship belts against the challenge of fellow Brit Dillian Whyte at a capacity Wembley Stadium in London, England.
Fury vs. White Odds
- Tyson Fury -550
- Dillian Whyte +400
Odds are via FanDuel Sportsbook.
The winner of this clash will surely go on to challenge the winner of Oleksandr Usyk v Anthony Joshua II in what will be a historic unification fight. Boxing lovers across the globe are eager to see one recognised heavyweight champion of the world, and this weekend’s bout brings us a step closer to that.
The card at Wembley will be fought out before more than 90,000 spectators inside the home of English soccer, with millions more worldwide watching the action live on television and live streaming apps.
Promoted by Bob Arum for Top Rank Promotions and Frank Warren for Queensberry Promotions, boxing lovers in the United States can follow live on ESPN+, with the pay-per-view available at a cost of $69.99 USD.
This grudge match involving two big-punching fighters from England is expected to catch fire from the first bell, so take your seats early. But who will come out on top? Will Tyson Fury successfully defend the WBC belt he won from The Bronze Bomber Deontay Wilder at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, in 2020?
Will Whyte, who has been the number one contender for a record time, get the reward his patience deserves?
Fury puts 32-match unbeaten record on the line against Whyte
Fury will duck between the ropes at Wembley with the WBC title in his possession and an unbeaten 32-fight professional boxing CV. The Gypsy King has 31 wins – 22 inside the distance – against one draw.
The only slight blot on his copybook was inflicted by Wilder when the pair fought out a controversial split decision draw in their first meeting of what was to become an entertaining trilogy.
The opener came in December 2018 at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, when Fury dominated and looked well clear on the judges’ scorecards, only to be dropped twice in the later rounds. That back-and-forth tussle produced scores of 113-113, 114-112 Fury, 115-111 Wilder.
That was a fight Tyson could, and probably should, have won. But the towering Englishman wasn’t about to let it derail his progress. He returned to stop Tom Schwarz inside two rounds the next time out, beat Otto Wallin on points, and took out Wilder in round seven of a rematch in Vegas.
Fury was convincing that night, going on the front foot and opting to fight with the brawler from Alabama. It was thought that the win was so wide that Wilder wouldn’t want the third, but he insisted on another beating.
In October of last year, Fury was last seen in action stopping Wilder in round 11 of a classic fought at the T-Mobile Arena. That win moved his KO average to near 70%, and he has KO’d three of his last four opponents with Wallin the spare.
The pre-fight betting has Fury as the hot favourite to win again, with another KO/TKO already well supported in the method of victory market.
Whyte was made to wait for his championship chance
Dillian Whyte has the unwanted record of being the longest waiting number one contender for a shot at the crown. The Londoner has been the number one contender for over two years now but was made to watch from the sidelines as Fury and Wilder drew.
Then the American lost well but insisted on exercising the rematch clause in his contract when losing his belt.
That was his right, and Whyte could do nothing about it but keep active and remain patient. Good things come to those who wait. It’s an old saying we’ve all heard multiple times, but we’ll find out if it rings true in the boxing world on Saturday.
Whyte brings a professional record of 28 wins against two defeats, with 19 victories coming by way of knockout, but both defeats also suffered early. The Body Snatcher’s two losses were inflicted by former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua back in 2015 when AJ looked in trouble early but recovered to score a seventh-round stoppage win.
Then there was the surprise KO loss to Russian Alexander Povetkin, who scored a fifth-round knockout against the run of play in the summer of 2020 in what was a shock result.
The loss to Povetkin threatened to derail his title chances, but Whyte fought back, taking Povetkin out in round four of an engrossing rematch that was fought in Gibraltar to sidestep the UK’s strict COVID-19 rules at the time.
Despite carrying a 63% KO average into this contest, that win over Povetkin was the first stoppage for Whyte since 2018 when halting Derek Chisora in round 12 of another all-British bout that will live long in the memory of those who witnessed it.
The champion will be too good at Wembley
This is guaranteed to be a thrilling fight, and we can’t wait to get started. During the build-up, the fighters have been respectful and will know the other’s strengths and weaknesses inside out, having moved in the same circles since their days as amateurs.
That familiarity will allow them to skip the nervy opening rounds we often see in title fights and get down to business.
Whyte has the power to hurt Fury, and he has shown that many times. He had Joshua in all sorts of trouble early in his career and showed character to get even with Povetkin. But Fury will be too big, skilful and strong.
The champion won’t let his back touch the ropes. He’ll box and move during the early exchanges, using his long jab and picking up points. In the second half of the contest, we’ll see Tyson go through the gears.
Whyte’s best chance of a win here looks to be a KO, but the only opponent he has stopped in more than three years was the 40-bout veteran Povetkin. Fury will have too much class, and we are backing him to win on points.
Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte Betting Tip: Tyson Fury to beat Dillian Whyte on points
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