There’s boxing action from this Saturday night as Dillian Whyte takes on Joseph Parker in a heavyweight clash from The O2 in London.
And when it comes to PPV events, we love to get the thoughts of our trading department. So we asked our top boxing man Tommy Young to give us his thoughts on the big fight.
Ladbrokes News: Nice to have you back, Tom. Are you excited for this, or is a bit meh?
Tommy Young: No, I’m buzzing. The winner of this looks to be on their way back to the top of the heavyweight table. And that could mean a possible rematch and huge fight with Anthony Joshua.
LN: Talk to us about the betting. What odds have we got on the two fighters?
TY: Parker is currently the 8/11 favourite with Whyte available at 11/10. Parker is justifiably the favourite coming off the back of a solid enough performance in defeat against AJ.
LN: What’s your thoughts on Parker coming into this?
TY: Well, he boxed well that night against AJ. He was able to avoid Joshua’s power shots for the most part, and showed a strong chin when he was caught.
He’s got a solid CV having beaten Carlos Takam – who was also impressive in defeat to AJ – and several other top-10 heavyweights.
LN: And Whyte – how much has he improved in recent years?
The home favourite Whyte is coming into this fight on the back of probably his most impressive display of his career – the 6th round brutal knockout of Lucas Browne.
Browne came into that fight with a decent reputation having gone to Ruslan Chagaev’s backyard in Crimea and taking the WBA regular title with a vicious stoppage of his own.
However, the Lucas Browne who showed up to fight Whyte was a far cry from the man we were expecting.
In the two years since winning the title, Browne had only fought two rounds and it showed. He was out of shape and rusty but Whyte did what he had to do and dispatched him ruthlessly.
So on balance, Whyte best two wins are over Browne and a very close war with Chisora who also has his best days behind him.
And that’s why I think it’s fair enough to send Parker off as slight favourite, despite Whyte being at home.
LN: What way do you see the fight going?
TY: On the betting front one market that stands out to me is the “Will the fight go this distance?” betting. Neither are renowned as the biggest of hitters.
It’s 5 fights since Parker stopped anyone and Whyte couldn’t stop Dave Allen, Dereck Chisora or a shot Helenius.
But I think that 6/4 the fight not to go this distance is a bit of value.
LN: Hold on. So neither are big hitters. But you see a KO? Can you elaborate on why?
TY: Well, both have decent KO records. 17 of Whyte’s 23 wins and 18 of Parker’s 24 victories have been stoppages.
Parker’s been cagey lately but he was the champion and knew if he could keep his belt a Joshua payday was coming.
And Whyte knows if he wins this, Joshua is around the corner. So I can see it being a barnstormer. Both guys are going to go all out for the win and the pressure could eventually tell and we might not see the final bell.
LN: Nice. Have you any other flutters for us?
TY: At a bit of a bigger price the fight to be won in Rounds 11 or 12 at 12/1 might give a run for your money.
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