Apr 20, 2022
Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte Picks, Predictions, Odds
On April 23 boxing megastar Tyson Fury, will defend his lineal heavyweight championship along with his WBC belt against Dillian Whyte.
With Fury having settled his legendary trilogy with Deontay Wilder, it's time to move on to new things in heavyweight boxing. Whyte will get the first title fight of his professional career against Fury, an opportunity some fans believe is overdue for ‘The Body Snatcher’.
Whyte has a good record with wins over the likes of Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin, and Dereck Chisora, meanwhile Fury has beaten some of the biggest name heavyweight boxing has seen in a while, including Deontay Wilder and Wladimir Klitschko.
Both men have some wind in their sails heading into the fight this weekend, with Fury coming off an entertaining rubber match against Deontay Wilder, and Whyte coming off a victory over Povetkin.
Fury vs. Whyte Date, Start Time, Location
- Date: Saturday, April 23
- Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
- Network: ESPN+ PPV
- Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, UK
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Fury vs. Whyte Tale of the Tape
|Height||6' 9"||6' 4"|
|Record||31-0-1 (22 KOs)||28-2 (19 KOs)|
Fury vs. Whyte Betting Odds
Bettors can't seem to agree who the right side is in this matchup. Fury has bounced back and forth in the -700 to -500 range ever since the lined opened. Right now you can grab Tyson Fury at -500 (bet $500 to make $100) while Dillian Whyte is the +350 underdog (bet $100 to make $350) at Bet365.
Fury vs. Whyte Betting Odds Comparison
Most books have Fury listed as the heavy favorite to beat Whyte this weekend.
Fury vs. Whyte Predictions
Tyson Fury moves past the Deontay Wilder era of his career, and on to new challenges ahead. His first will be against fellow Brit Dillian Whyte.
Whyte, appropriately nicknamed ‘The Body Snatcher’, has good power in both hands and recently showed an improved game against savvy veteran Alexandr Povetkin, avenging a KO loss from 2020 in doing so.
Dillian is mostly a forward-marching fighter with good pressure. A well-placed uppercut seems to be the biggest chink in his armor though, considering both of his pro losses have come via uppercut knockout. On the flip side, Fury was mostly associated with the matador role early on in his career, however the champion has shown an ability to be the bull in the later stages of his career. His last two outings against Wilder are particularly indicative of his increased ability to walk his opponents down and land big shots.
Fury’s clinching game is also very underrated, as his incredible size and weight allows him to drain his opponents by leaning on them as much at every given opportunity. So who will win? While Whyte does pose an interesting challenge to the lineal heavyweight champion, and perhaps is being written off by fans and the media, I don’t think he’s an enigma that Fury can’t solve.
Tyson’s biggest asset is his brain. He is a very intelligent fighter that comes up with game plans tailored to specific opponents. We just saw him crack the code of Deontay Wilder, something no one had been able to do before. Due to his fighting IQ, he has evolved into a very well-rounded fighter who can fight in many ways.
Usually his jab is his best tool, however his body work has been getting far better over the course of his trilogy with Wilder. Whyte’s best rounds are usually early on and he tends to be worn down by the halfway point of a fight. I see Fury sticking and moving in the early going and slowly but surely turning up the pace in the later rounds to score a TKO before the final bell. Whyte's defense becomes sloppy once he gets past the midway point of a fight.
Be it via uppercut again, time will tell, but if Fury is smart, which we know he is, he will be drilling uppercuts all camp and fire them when he sees fit in the fight. Fury’s arms are deceptively long and he could easily sneak one under the radar and catch Whyte cold once again. Paths of victories for Whyte include a lot of body work. In Fury’s most recent time out we saw Wilder going to the body a lot, and it seemed to actually have an effect on the champion.
In combat sports, particularly at heavyweight, anything can happen, as the old saying goes, however I think we will see another good performance out of Fury to set up a fight with either Joshua or Usyk down the line.
Best Bet: Tyson Fury By KO, TKO, or DQ -138