Fury vs Whyte odds explainedHot
After years of waiting for his heavyweight title opportunity, Dillian Whyte is finally getting a shot. The interim WBC heavyweight champion will face Lineal / WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on April 23.
At stake will be Fury's coveted lineal heavyweight championship i.e. the "true title." The combatants will be fighting for the heavyweight status previously held by Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Wladimir Klitschko, and Muhammad Ali.
Whyte was the WBC's No. 1 contender for more than 1,000 days prior to losing to Alexander Povetkin in August 2020. Whyte avenged the loss by impressively dispatching Povetkin in March 2021 to regain his status as the WBC's No. 1 contender.
Fury vs Whyte
Lineal / WBC Heavyweight Titles
April 23, 2022
Wembley Stadium, London, U.K.
TV channel: ESPN Live stream (PPV): ESPN+, BT Sport Box Office
Fury vs Whyte odds (as of March 23)
As of March 21, Fury remains a rough -700 favorite while Whyte is about a +475 underdog. Hence, a successful $1,000 bet on Fury would net $ $ 142.86 while the same successful wager on Whyte would garner $4,750.
OddsChecker spokesman Kyle Newman: “The betting in this fight is interesting. Bettors thought Whyte was going to lose his fight against Otto Wallin which didn’t end up happening last year. So, it’s surprising to see them now backing Whyte to beat arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. Especially since bettors usually love Fury, he was a massive betting favorite to beat Deontay Wilder heading into their fight.” (March 17)
Fury was the underdog in his first two fights with Deontay Wilder. The first bout was scored a draw while Tyson KO'd his foe in dominating fashion the second and stopped Deontay in Round 11 in their high-drama, action-packed third fight.
Whyte is about as much of an underdog as Andy Ruiz when he shocked the world to defeat Anthony Joshua in their first bout.
Odds Explained - The case for Fury
Fury is the creme of the crop in the heavyweight division. He's unbeaten, toppled fight legend Wladimir Klitschko and has KO'd heavyweight powerbroker Deontay Wilder twice. Moreover, he's 6'9", has long a reach, good quickness and foot movement, and is quite durable.
Odds are very long Whyte will win a decision because Fury will enter as the A-side and a popular champion. Most rounds that are remotely close will be awarded to him. To win, Whyte will likely have to stop the champion inside the distance or score several knockdowns should it go the full 12.
Odds Explained - The case for Whyte
Whyte has lost twice - both by stoppage. He possesses good power but isn't a knockout specialist. He's far from slow but isn't known for his quickness. And he boasts good skills but isn't as polished as Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua. However, he IS a solid all-around fighter who'd be a formidable threat to any heavyweight.
Fury, obviously better on paper, has a tendency to fight to the level of his opposition. He's had some forgettable bouts against the likes of Otto Wallin and Francesco Pianeta, opponents not as threatening as Whyte. If an unmotivated Fury walks in the ring next month, an upset is not only possible, it's likely.
Fury takes a good shot, and we know that because he's been caught a few times by the likes of Steve Cunningham, Deontay Wilder, and Otto Wallin. Fury isn't easy to hit cleanly but several fighters connected well. In order to have any chance to win, Whyte must land powerful shots because he won't be able to outpoint the big man.
Tyson Fury's state of mind might be the biggest intangible. He was very motivated when he won the title from Wladimir Klitschko and for all 3 of his fights with Wilder.
How motivated is he to fight Whyte? There are no titles to gain and Dillian, although dangerous, isn't as highly regarded as Klitschko or Wilder.
Whyte is hungry and motivated and is the kind of fighter who could upset Fury, who has been talking about retiring to join the WWE and possibly become an actor.
What to expect
Fury will try to use his superior range and footwork to try to create angles and befuddle Whyte with stinging jabs followed by occasional power shots. He'll try to control the tempo and get into a nice rhythm. Don't expect Tyson to load up much early. He'll look to break down Dillian, physically and psychologically, as the fight continues. If a KO comes, it comes. If it doesn't, Fury will be content to outclass the challenger en route to a comfortable points win.
Look for Whyte to go to Fury's body early and often, seeking to take away Fury's foot movement in the mid to latter rounds. Dillian will try to bait Fury into short-range exchanges and disrupt Fury's boxing, make the fight a bit messy, and use his timing to work his way inside and land hard leather. Dillian is most dangerous early so he'll look to do serious damage to Fury in the first 6 rounds.