Dillian Whyte vs. Joseph Parker Preview & Betting Predictions

The 02 Arena in London has the pleasure of hosting the heavyweight showdown between British contender Dillian Whyte and New Zealand former title holder Joseph Parker this weekend. The main event of this Matchroom fight card is being labelled as a barnstormer with expectations for both fighters to go for the KO.

 

Fight Preview

Whilst Joshua, Wilder and Fury take a temporary back seat before their own forthcoming bouts in the heavyweight division the men of the hour, Whyte and Parker, take centre stage to battle for contention to join this elite group. Parker, who recently lost his strap to Joshua is said to be set on a rematch should he walk away victorious this Saturday evening; Whyte, who has also tasted defeat at the hands of Joshua is itching for a major payday against his former foe.

The build-up of this event hasn’t been without a margin of controversy with questions being asked to Eddie Hearn over the calibre of the fight card. Despite only having lost once, Whyte and Parker are headlining a show of homegrown talent that has already been watered down by the unfortunate withdrawals of Kell Brook and Joshua Buatsi. Hearn has promised to deliver and if the Sky previews and open workouts are anything to go by, his skin may be saved by the willingness of Whyte and Parker to prove they are PPV stars.

 

Dillian Whyte Form and Fight Record

Opponent

Venue

Result

Method

Lucas Browne O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich W KO
Robert Helenius* Principality Stadium, Cardiff W UD
Malcolm Tann Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln W TKO
Dereck Chisora* Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), Manchester W SD
Ian Lewison The SSE Hydro, Glasgow W RTD

 

Joseph Parker Form and Fight Record

Opponent

Venue

Result

Method

Anthony Joshua* Principality Stadium, Cardiff L UD
Hughie Fury Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), Manchester W MD
Razvan Cojanu* Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City W UD
Andy Ruiz Jr Spark Arena, Auckland W MD
Alexander Dimitrenko* Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City W KO

Predicting the Win – Why Bet on Dillian Whyte?

  • The Body snatcher is riding high on a phenomenal win over Lucas Brown which has fuelled his confidence tanks – Whyte firmly believes he is improving with every fight
  • The Jamaican born brawler is once again fighting on home turf – Whyte is accustomed to performing for the London crowd
  • Whyte hasn’t yet peaked as a fighter and is acutely aware of his potential to reach the top of his game, only Parker stands in his way of a rematch with Joshua
  • A battle of the minds during Sky Sports’ build-up shows ended with Whyte bombarding Parker with insults and stressing his position as the dominant fighter
  • Parker has admitted to feeling cheated in the Joshua fight and will be mindful of the dangers of going up against British heavyweights in their prime

 

Predicting the Win – Why Bet on Joseph Parker?

  • Parker has the sharper ringcraft of the two fighters and should he lean on pure boxing skills alone, this fight may be his for the taking
  • The New Zealander has never been wobbled, let alone knocked down in his entire pro boxing career
  • Whyte is notoriously game for the KO, which could see him tire in the later rounds due to excessive energy expenditure
  • Parker’s KO ratio is no joke – he’s finished 20 opponents inside the distance
  • It’s all or nothing – the pressure is on to regain a shot at the title or face falling into oblivion

 

Betting Odds for Whyte vs. Parker (based on odds given by Sky Betting and Bet365)

For Whyte to win outright – 11/10

For Parker to win outright – 8/11

For the fight to go the distance – 1/2

For Whyte to win by KO – 15/4

For Parker to win by KO – 15/4

 

Our Prediction

Going on what the bookmakers are writing this one up to be and what the experts in the field are saying, we can’t ignore the sings that are pointing to a close win for Dillian Whyte. Some believe the British contender will earn a victory on points whist a minority have him to win by stoppage.

Sure, Whyte has the power to end this fight before the halfway mark but who better to evade the onslaught and to ride out the storm then a wily grappler like Parker. It’s a close call but for a safe bet with shorter odds we’d opt to place a stake on Whyte to win outright.

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