The return of Tyson Fury to the ring always carries a distinct level of excitement, but now fighting in front of his true fans at home adds another level. Of course, Dillian Whyte — also from Great Britain — is hoping for any similar boost from the “home” crowd. Whyte is a heavy underdog entering this fight, contrary to his last five fights that saw him as the favorite. Fury is a strong favorite at -550, compared to Whyte at +330 heading into tonight. We’ll have plenty of avenues to venture down with our Fury vs Whyte predictions and best bets.
Beyond the familiar scene of boxing at home for both fighters, there’s the matter of what belts are on the line and what specifically is at stake.
Whyte has been waiting nearly three years for this opportunity as the interim heavyweight champion fights for Fury’s WBC and Ring Magazine world heavyweight titles. The Gypsy King holds both after defeating Deontay Wilder in their third fight. The first of which is the lone draw on Fury’s record, standing at 31-0-1, 22 of those wins coming by knockout. The Body Snatcher has an uphill battle to stick with Fury, but there’s hope for Whyte at 28-2 overall with 19 knockouts.
Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte Fight Predictions & Best Bets
Best Fury vs. Whyte Bets & Predictions
Tyson Fury to Win by Points or Decision: +230 (FanDuel)
The heavy expectations of this fight and as long as Whyte has had to wait will help fuel this fight ultimately going the distance. There’s also a legit concern that Fury isn’t going to knock anyone out in the first three rounds, as he’s taken some time in recent fights to get going — even rising from the canvas to beat Wilder. Whyte’s KO power has waned over his last five fights and he did suffer that brutal loss to Alexander Povetkin in 2020, but he’s going to be extra charged coming out with Fury and the local fans in London. The public may see this as a chance for Whyte to quickly burn out, but it should play out the opposite with Whyte having enough extra energy to keep up with Fury and push this to the cards. It won’t be enough, expect a unanimous decision by the Gypsy King.
Both Fighters to be Knocked Down: +600 (FanDuel)
FanDuel is hanging a +176 line for Fury to be knocked down, which should certainly happen, but it makes more sense to add Whyte for a 6-to-1 return. The theme of the fight centers around Whyte coming out fast for the early rounds, and taking full advantage of Fury’s late blooming. All three Wilder fights were bigger just not on as big of a local stage, Fury will want to put on a show as much as he will want to beat Whyte, so expect a couple of early opportunities for the Snatcher to knock the King on the canvass. The overall expectation is that Fury will win this fight and clearly covers any KO/TKO angle with Whyte on the losing end.
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Whyte To Be Knocked Down In Rounds 1-6 & Rounds 7-12: +250 (FoxBet)
Fury is going to wake up sooner than later in this fight, almost as if he’s planning a show. This bet covers that wake-up zone with the latter three rounds of the first leg — 4,5,6 — and the expected high-energy zone from Fury with Rounds 7-12. It’s also 300 points better than a -150 Fury to win by KO/TKO bet, which would assume multiple knockdowns of Whyte for a knockout of stoppage of the fight. Even if Fury is shot out of a cannon in the opening rounds, this bet covers Whyte being overmatched early and even having the fight end with a seventh- or eighth-round knockout. Fury should land the majority of power punches and take advantage of yet another opponent not having the conditioning to win his belts.
Long Shot – Fury to Win by DQ: +10000 (DraftKings)
Fury isn’t losing this fight and Whyte has so much emotion pent up heading into tonight. It’s boxing and crazy stuff happens when a guy in the ring senses his own imminent defeat. Don’t expect anyone’s ear to come off, but it’s worth a quarter-unit longshot in the event that things get a little wild, even from low blows or deducted points.
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