In defense of his number one ranking and silver title in the WBC, Dillian Whyte is taking on Joseph Parker in London on July 28.
The heavyweight rumble is set to take place at the O2 Arena and, if he wins, will cement Whyte’s position as a title contender.The challenger, Joseph Parker, comes in having last recorded his first career loss to none other than the ever-dominant Anthony Joshua. The New Zealander impressed during Joshua’s tactical win as he drove the Englishman to his first ever 12-round fight. Now, Parker is tipped to regain his place atop the rankings with a comprehensive win over Whyte, according to one of Whyte’s rivals.
As reported by the website Stuff, Dereck Chisora states that Whyte is “going to get battered” by Parker. He continues, saying that “[Parker] is very fast” and that “it will be a good fight.” But, then again, Whyte and Chisora are heated rivals. In the run-up to their closely contested, 12-round bout in 2016, Chisora became so infuriated with Whyte that he attempted to throw a table at him during a press conference.
Nevertheless, Chisora’s outright prediction comes in line with the way that the public appears to be going. Many see it as a close rumble, with the odds of Whyte to win at +100 and Parker to win at -125 reflecting just how split the oddsmakers and betting public are for this heavyweight contest.
But, Parker’s odds of just below evens are likely persuaded by the facts that he sees for the fight. The former world champion has stated that, against Joshua, “one of us ended on our feet, the other didn’t,” per the Independent. When Whyte and Joshua met in 2015, Joshua knocked out Whyte in the seventh round after a hard-fought bout but was heavily favored by the bookies.
Whyte and Parker is an interesting and exciting matchup, which is why so many have utilized the 2 from companies like Coral and 888sport to back a winner. Joseph Parker has immense speed for a heavyweight – in attack and defense – but found himself stuck behind Joshua’s jab when they met earlier this year. Whyte has been on the ascendency since Joshua defeated him. He’s getting visibly fitter, boxing smarter, and appears to have upped his dangerous knockout power.
Having started as the villain against Joshua, fans have come around to Dillian Whyte, applauding his hearty win against Chisora and devastating knockout of Lucas Browne. However, Parker has earned appreciation for his performance against Joshua. The O2 Arena will undoubtedly create a raucous atmosphere in favor of Whyte, but the defensive skill of Parker coupled with his incredibly fast hands could prove to be the difference makers.
It doesn’t look to be the battering that Dereck Chisora is predicting, as the two look to be quite evenly matched opponents. However, while Whyte is struggling to land early punches on Parker, the New Zealander will begin to sniff out openings and capitalize on them a couple of rounds into the bout. Parker is the marginal favorite and should be able to dazzle the judges enough to win on points and even land some heavy shots.