If the first clash between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora in 2016 is anything to go by, an explosive end to a fantastic 2018 of boxing will be on the cards come 22 December at the O2 Arena in London. Chisora lost the fight on a controversial split decision with two judges scoring the fight 115–113 and 115–114 for Whyte and one scoring 115–114 in favour of Chisora, however for 12 brutal rounds fans were treated to a night of entertainment that most will hope will repeat itself on Saturday night.
The prize for the winner could be a shot at Anthony Joshua on the 13 April at Wembley, so there is more than just pride at stake for this much anticipated rematch. One of the world’s leading boxing opinions, Boxing News steps back in the ring with FansBet with their betting preview and tips for the fight and if you are looking for some additional value then check out our selection of enhanced odds for the fight.
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What Happened Last Time?
IT was two years ago this month that London heavyweight rivals Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora combined to produce Boxing News’ 2016 British Fight of the Year. After an ugly build-up which included crass insults and an infamous flying table, what followed in the ring was 12 rounds of barnstorming back-and-forth action.
A pumped-up Chisora pounced on Whyte from the get-go, forcing him to the ropes and bombarding him with wide hooks and looping overhand blows. Whyte attempted to dissuade his shorter foe with long jabs, but Chisora refused to yield and continued to land clean, crunching strikes.
Chisora vs Whyte Highlights
After setting a torrid pace early on, Chisora’s tempo began to drop somewhat in the second half of the contest. As the former WBC title challenger started to retreat to the strands more frequently, Whyte’s confidence grew. The Brixton “Body Snatcher” blasted his opponent with powerful shots from both fists. He ramped up the pressure late on, with Chisora beckoning him in for more – a glutton for punishment.
With a dozen rounds completed, the judges’ scorecards were called upon. It was mightily close, but the split verdict went Whyte’s way thanks to tallies of 115-113 and 115-114 overriding one of 114-115.
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Form And Potential Reward
This Saturday (December 22), at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, the old adversaries collide again, with the 12-rounder headlining a Matchroom Boxing show on Sky Sports Box Office (UK).
A win for Whyte would see him cap off what has so far been the best year of his career. In March, the 30-year-old put in an eye-catching performance against the previously unbeaten Lucas Browne, whom he KO’d in stunning fashion in the sixth session. Four months later, he unanimously outpointed ex-WBO titlist Joseph Parker, becoming the first person to knock him down along the way – twice. Whyte did have to rise from the deck himself in the final frame, however.
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The only loss on Whyte’s 24-1 (17) résumé came three years ago against Anthony Joshua – now the unified world champion. After wobbling Joshua in round two, Dillian ended up being stopped in the seventh.
Chisora’s ledger includes significantly more blemishes than Whyte’s, with eight defeats in total for the stocky Finchley man (against 29 wins – 21 early). It should be noted, though, that these setbacks have all come against noteworthy names in the division, such as Tyson Fury (twice), Vitali Klitschko, David Haye (who is now guiding Chisora’s career – see Talking Point) and Kubrat Pulev.
Five months ago, Chisora scored one of his finest victories when he impressively halted Carlos Takam – who features on the undercard this time around – in the eighth round of a cracking clash, despite being considered the underdog beforehand. If the seasoned 34-year-old manages to pull off another upset this weekend, it could well lead to a shot at the aforementioned Joshua in April – likewise for Whyte if he wins.
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Whyte v Chisora II Predictions and Betting Tips
Both men are in better form going into the rematch than they were heading into the first fight, yet it is Whyte who has improved more substantially as a fighter in the subsequent two-year period. Therefore, it is he who should attract the smart money to triumph in the return.
How he does it, though, is where to make that smart money grow. A points victory would seem the best bet given Chisora’s durability, but also consider going for the late stoppage. To say Chisora has taken some punishment over the years is an understatement. It’s surely only a matter of time before that takes its toll.
Which is why him emerging victorious seems so unlikely this time. However, for those who fancy him to pull off another upset, an inside the distance victory – ala his knockout over Takam – would seem his best chance.
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