Dillian Whyte v Joseph Parker Odds and Tips
Trying to make a Dillian Whyte v Joseph Parker betting prediction is difficult as both men are very tough and look evenly matched. Firstly, Whyte and Parker are two men who have just one loss on their records with that one loss being to the same man, Anthony Joshua. Both of them tried to take down the world champion but didn’t succeed and now both of them are on a path to try and build themselves back up to have another title shot further down the line.
Who is the Favourite?
Parker has been a world champion before and had his belt taken off him in that Joshua fight. As a result, the New Zealander will go into the fight as a slight 3/4 favorite at 888sport, which is probably in part due to having that experience of being a world champion.
However, Whyte has probably been in with a higher level of opponent even though he has struggled to find top-level opponents in recent years; he has been hunting for a fight that would put him in line for a world title shot. For this reason, many people avoided him as he is seen as one of the most dangerous opponents outside of the belt holders.
Two Solid Chins
Parker is an astute and solid fighter, which could make for a very exciting fight. Because of this solidity, a knockout finish by Whyte doesn’t seem likely, despite his devastating finish over Lucas Browne. Since that defeat to Joshua, Whyte has failed to knockout David Allen, Dereck Chisora, and Robert Helenius and he doesn’t have the type of power that will blow someone like Parker away.
Neither will Parker blow Whyte away. For one, he was unable to find the knockout in his three fights before Joshua and has a knockout percentage of 72% compared to the 71% of Whyte which isn’t very high considering they are most relatively at early stages of their careers and over half their fights have been against low-level opponents. As a result, the Dillian Whyte v Joseph Parker odds on the fight going the distance is 2/5 at William Hill, which seems like a safe bet if you prefer a safer boxing betting strategy.
While the knockout might not be likely, this is heavyweight boxing and anything can happen. Due to this, the result of the fight also depends on game plans too. Parker won a decision against Hughie Fury with his opponent happy to try and dance around the ring to avoid the pressure. In a very similar fight, Whyte couldn’t knock out Helenius as he did the same thing, running around the ring to avoid the power.
A Fight of the Year Contender?
This fight could produce a very similar story to the fight that Whyte had with Dereck Chisora, which was one of the best fights of 2016. It was here that the two men traded jabs for the majority of the fight and had a wonderful scrap, which ended with Whyte just about winning on points. In that fight both boxers landed clean punches on each other but couldn’t get the knockout.
Whyte is most probably going to keep on coming forward and keep on applying the pressure. That’s the tactic that Parker tried to use against Joshua but wasn’t allowed to get on the inside by the referee. So, will Parker come forward against Whyte? Well, he might do something different and try and outbox the London man as Parker is seen by many as the one with the superior boxing skills. On the other hand, he might decide to try and sit on the outside and counter any attack that might come from Whyte.
Too Much to Lose
This is a must-win fight for both fighters as they are two men who have struggled for recognition of their talents and that lack of respect has been vindicated in many ways by Joshua’s defeat of both of men. For whoever wins this fight, it will put them back on the right path and one that leads back to Joshua.
If Whyte wins then he will be able to point to the fact of how much he has improved and use that as leverage for another fight with Joshua. It’s not hard to imagine that these two will have that re-match but it might have to wait if Whyte were to lose as he’d have to build himself back up again. However, the result for Parker might be even more devastating, because if he loses he could fade away into boxing obscurity.
There are a few fighters who sit on the outside of the mainstream hoping for their shot every now and again. Fighters that have the calibre of Kubrat Pulev or Carlos Molina only get in the spotlight very occasionally and Parker risks being labeled in that class if he loses. Should he win, however, then he could still keep his profile up in the UK and start making his claim as a world class fighter…and one that will get a rematch with Joshua.
A Matter of Class
That’s what makes this fight so intriguing as it’s such a pivotal moment in the careers of both men. These are two fighters who are desperate to prove that they belong on the world stage. The winner will be able to go onto bigger and better things and the loser will face a long road back and will have another fight trying to claw back their reputation.
They say that styles make fights and these two look destined to start fireworks in what should be an explosive night of boxing. Parker may switch his style and allow the ‘body snatcher’ to come to him. Meanwhile, Whyte will be desperate to upset the odds and get that world title shot that he’s been hoping for.
Both men are extremely strong and have very solid chins but neither do they have explosive power. Therefore, it seems unlikely that either man will win by knockout and it’s likely that neither will be knocked down either. The smart money here would be on a 29/20 Parker victory via a decision. The fight could be close though and with it taking place in England, the judges might favour Whyte. This means the outside bet of a draw becomes very tempting. A look at the Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker betting odds makes that a 25/1 chance at BetFred.
Odds on Chances
Giving a Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker prediction is difficult as heavyweight boxing can be a lottery. Whatever the result of the fight, this could be a brilliant contest between two very hard men who are both looking to show that they are a level above their opponent. After Saturday night, we will know a lot more about exactly how good Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker are.
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