Boxing tips: 2 big-price punts for Tyson Fury v Dillian Whyte at Wembley

Tipster Sean Taylor's had his say ahead of the blockbuster all-British bout

Comments

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

I wrote in my previous article previewing Tyson Fury v Dillian Whyte that I’ve really enjoyed the challenger’s unusual approach to promoting this fight. For me it has created a strange sort of intrigue around The Body Snatcher and what we’re likely to see from him.

Allowing for the usual bumps and bruises of a training camp, there can be no excuses from Whyte as he has had an uninterrupted training camp for his long overdue title opportunity.

While the odds would suggest that this is something of a mismatch, there are a number of interesting dynamics and storylines that make this fight an appealing betting prospect. Let’s get to it!

WELCOME TO PADDY POWER NEWS!

Tyson Fury v Dillian Whyte, Saturday 23 April
TV: BT Sport Box Office – ring walk at 10pm
Undercard from 6pm

Tyson Fury to be knocked down and win on points

I really think this fight will end up looking similar to Fury’s first bout with Deontay Wilder. While Whyte isn’t a terrifying KO artist in the vein of the American, his punching power is up there with the best in the heavyweight division and the champion will want to be wary of the left hook.

There aren’t many clear paths to victory for Whyte but the clearest would look to be turning this fight into a phone booth style tear-up. However, as we saw in the trilogy fight against Wilder, even this carries no guarantees. The challenger isn’t going to win minutes or rounds but he absolutely has the power and ability to land on Fury and lesser punchers than Wilder have put him down so I see no reason why Whyte can’t put his opponent on the canvas.

However, like I said, Whyte isn’t going to outbox Fury to the extent that he wins minutes and rounds so unless he can land the knockout blow that has so far escaped everyone on Fury’s resume, it’s difficult to see him winning a decision. Both fighters have shown themselves to be extremely durable throughout their careers and I think Fury’s KO potential will come later on in the fight through an accumulation of damage.

At the odds you’re getting plenty of compensation about Fury climbing off the canvas to win on points.

Will both fighters be knocked down? Yes

Fury’s sparring partner Joseph Parker will know all about Whyte, having shared the ring with him for their own 12-round war so will have Fury well-schooled on what he can expect. He is likely being the one dictating the fight and landing punches in that awkward style of his, so most of his knockdown potential will come later in the fight as the frustration and build-up of damage likely takes its toll on a tired Whyte.

I don’t see Fury having much KO potential in this fight. I think Whyte is durable and when he has been stopped it was by Anthony Joshua and a nasty uppercut from Alexander Povetkin. Both fighters have taken sizeable amounts of damage in their recent fights and one thing worth noting is that you can only take damage like that for so long, particularly at heavyweight.

Fury has also talked of retirement after this fight and although you must take everything Tyson says with a huge pinch of salt, it will be interesting to see if that talk has been a mental distraction during his preparation. I think Whyte is a live dog and Fury will have to be wary of his power throughout the fight as we’ve seen previously that Whyte can carry his finishing power into the later rounds.

Fury can win this however he so pleases; we saw across the Wilder trilogy that he can box and move, or he can beat you by getting in your face and bringing the fight to you, so I’m intrigued to see how he and his team decide to approach it.

One to Watch: Kurt Walker

A fantastic Irish prospect coming off the back of an Olympic Games where he was desperately unlucky not to medal. I’ve been aware of KURT WALKER for a long time, and I think he’s one of the most exciting prospects Ireland have produced since Michael Conlan.

This is his second pro bout and it’s on a big stage so he’s definitely one to keep an eye on as his career develops.

Fury v Whyte betting tips:

Tyson Fury to be knocked down and win on points
Will both fighters be knocked down? Yes

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

READ MORE

The latest boxing odds are on PaddyPower.com right now

The Paddy Power Guide To Safer Gambling – Everything You Need To Know

What do you think?