Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte Predictions

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Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte Predictions

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It may not be the All-British showdown that many wanted, but Dillian Whyte is a decent enough stand-in for Anthony Joshua. Sadly, only the WBC belt is on the line, but a packed Wembley will hardly care about such folly. With Fury’s talk of retirement looming large, mixed in with his pal (Daniel Kinahan) on the run from the rozz, there could be a tastier dynamic to the fight.

The rest of this card is pitiful, however. If Isaac Lowe wasn’t associated with Fury, he would be lucky to break out of the small halls – so horrendously boring is his style to watch. Essuman and Tetley offer the only competitive, compelling fight on the undercard.

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Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte: Main Event

Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte

Heavyweight (200+)

WBC World Heavyweight Title

Tyson Fury (31-0-1, 22KO)

Make no mistake, I am a huge Tyson Fury fanboy. That one night in Dusseldorf still makes me smile, seven years on. If I revealed to family or friends that I have since rewatched the fight in full 10+ times, it would be enough to get me sectioned. The high standards that I hold Fury up to in the boxing ring were therefore impacted by his performance in the Wilder trilogy.

Granted, Fury was dealing with a litany of issues outside of the ring – least not a serious illness for his newborn. Training was limited to running and scraps of pad work in between regular hospital visits and presumably a gargantuan heap of emotional turmoil. This time, training camp under SugarHill will have been far smoother in terms of consistency. There is a sneaking suspicion that the Daniel Kinahan issues will trouble Fury’s mindset once again. Well, that is if the journalists had done their job and asked the correct questions.

Who knows what version of Fury will enter the ring on Saturday night? Once mocked as a feather duster with insanely slick movement for a 6’9″ lump, Fury tapped into his power and walked Wilder down in their final two affairs. To bully Whyte on the inside would be to play into his bodywork and power. Truthfully, Fury could break Whyte at his own game, but I want to see a return to nigh-technical perfection on the outside.

Dillian Whyte (28-2, 19KO)

Say what you want about Whyte’s no-shows at any of the media tour, the Brit has managed to swing the bookies slightly back towards his favour. Maybe it’s the mystique of a silent, disregarded warrior that has captured fans’ hearts. Or, more likely, casuals have happily eaten the Hearn narrative of Whyte having been ignored by the WBC for 500years. Whyte would have helped his chances towards a title shot if he hadn’t initially popped with UK Anti-Doping, (allegedly) rejected Wilder four times or got knocked spark out by Alexander Povetkin.

Punch for punch, Whyte carries more power than Tyson Fury. I struggle to see the Gypsy King ever dropping Dereck Chisora or Joseph Parker so cleanly with one punch. Moreover, Whyte is a hellacious body puncher. Wilder’s small adjustment in the third fight saw him use long jabs to redden Fury’s mid-rift. The Gyspy King reacted uncomfortably to the bodywork and should be an area that Whyte sets about immediately.

If you were to ask me if Whyte can drop Fury, I’d happily agree with you. Multiple times, even! Although we’ve seen both men dig deep to win late, Whyte exhausts himself around 6-9 rounds while Fury’s gas tank is legendary. I have not forgotten the Whyte vs Helenius either, that was clear evidence of Whyte’s struggles to cut off the ring consistently.

Predicted Result: Fury TKO Round 10

Punch for punch, Whyte carries more power than Tyson Fury. I struggle to see the Gypsy King ever dropping Dereck Chisora or Joseph Parker so cleanly with one punch. Moreover, Whyte is a hellacious body puncher. Wilder’s small adjustment in the third fight saw him use long jabs to redden Fury’s mid-rift. The Gyspy King reacted uncomfortably to the bodywork and should be an area that Whyte sets about immediately.

There is also a sneaking suspicion that the Daniel Kinahan issues will trouble Fury’s mental. Who knows what version of Fury will enter the ring on Saturday night? Once mocked as a feather duster with insanely slick movement for a 6’9″ lump, Fury tapped into his size and walked Wilder down in their final two affairs. To bully Whyte on the inside would be to play into his rival’s preferred game. Truthfully, Fury could beat Whyte at his own game, but I want to see a return to nigh-technical perfection on the outside. Lest we forget the Whyte vs Helenius snoozefest. The Brixton boy secured a forgettable W, but his inability to cut off the ring consistently remains unforgettable.

Result: Fury def. Whyte // TKO Round 6 2:59

Winner ✔️ // Method ✔️ // Round ❌

I had almost forgot how sloppy Whyte's performance was in the rematch with Povetkin | Fury vs Whyte Predictions
I had almost forgot how sloppy Whyte’s performance was in the rematch with Povetkin | Fury vs Whyte Predictions

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Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte: Co-Main Event

Isaac Lowe vs Nick Ball

Featherweight (126)

vacant WBC Silver Featherweight Title

Isaac Lowe (21-1-3, 6KO)

If my interest in fights were to be gauged on a 1-10 scale, Isaac Lowe’s fights fall somewhere around 2. A comically bad Fury impersonator on the microphone, if only Lowe could try to replicate his campmates’ talent. Last time out, Lowe was humiliating stopped by Luis Alberto Lopez. The Mexican is a decent fighter, but he was called upon late notice after a hard fight. Lowe’s left hook is his main damaging weapon, often sneaking it into the body when he has opponents pressed to the ropes.

Nick Ball (14-0, 7KO)

The far smaller man in this affair, Nick Ball is risking a big jump in opponent quality to feature on a Wembley card. Ball’s undefeated record hides the long string of cans that the Liverpudlian has put away, with no notable names featuring in fourteen fights. Ball’s high guard, forward movement on a straight line and tendency to leave his chin pointed at the ceiling will all bite him on the arse later down the line. Lowe doesn’t carry much power, but he is accurate enough to consistently land flush on Ball’s naked chin.

Predicted Result: Lowe TKO Round 10

It feels foolish to back an Isaac Lowe stoppage, considering his feather dusters and woeful KO%. The gulf in class, however, is stark. Not only is Nick Ball sacrificing 5″ of height, but his bullying style also has too many flaws to succeed outside of can-crushing. Ball’s high guard, forward movement on a straight line and tendency to leave his chin pointed at the ceiling will allow even Lowe to punish his naked jaw. Lowe isn’t world-class, the poor Tyson Fury impersonator is lightyears away from campmates talent. Yet we have seen Lowe put away this level of competition with relative ease in the past.

Result: Ball def. Lowe // TKO Round 6 1:45

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Lowe could be in FOTY this Saturday, I still won't be a fan | Fury vs Whyte Predictions
Lowe could be in FOTY this Saturday, I still won’t be a fan | Fury vs Whyte Predictions

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Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte: Rest of the Card

Ekow Essuman vs Darren Tetley

Welterweight (147)

Commonwealth Welterweight Title

British Welterweight Title

Ekow Essuman (16-0, 7KO)

After Essuman’s demolition job over Chris Jenkins for the Commonwealth and British titles, the Botswanan’s stock rocketed. A similarly destructive finish of Danny Ball in Essuman’s first defence of the titles provided yet more fuel to the flames. The excitement that Essuman brings to the ring is his gleeful acceptance for a war on the inside. A sharp, powerful puncher, Essuman’s best work stems from his lunging liver shot. Although I still feel that Essuman’s style won’t translate well up the rankings, his plus athleticism may well be enough in his European bid.

Darren Tetley (21-2, 9KO)

Darren Tetley has a long record for a twenty-eight-year-old, but his biggest win remains a late stoppage over Mason Cartwright back in 2018. In all fairness, Tetley stepped up the occasion at a bumper Elland Road stadium on the undercard of Selby vs Warrington. The size or noise of Wembley shouldn’t impact Tetley on the night. Tetleys last performance of note was a crushing sixth-round stoppage to Samuel Antwi – a worrying result in a fight that could go similarly against Essuman. Antwi pushed Tetley back from the get-go, with the Bradford man shelled behind a high guard with few counters to offer.

Predicted Result: Essuman TKO Round 7

The excitement that Essuman brings to the ring is his gleeful acceptance of a war on the inside. A sharp, powerful puncher, Essuman’s best work stems from his lunging liver shot. Tetleys last performance of note was a crushing sixth-round stoppage to Samuel Antwi – a worrying result in a fight that could go similarly against Essuman. Antwi pushed Tetley onto the back-foot from the get-go, with the Bradford man shelled behind a high guard with few counters to offer.

Result: Essuman def. Tetley // Decision (UD – 116-112, 116-112, 117-111)

Winner ✔️ // Method ❌ // Round ❌

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David Adeleye vs Chris Healey

Heavyweight (200+)

David Adeleye (8-0, 7KO)

Forgive me if the analysis is brief for the remaining fights, but they are very much squash matches. Until Adeleye is willing to rematch Sokolowski and capable of beating him, the fighter from Ladbroke Grove should not be considered a serious prospect at Heavyweight. For all of the cute feints that populate his front-foot work, he lacked the power or consistent counters to keep Sokolowski from walking him down.

Chris Healey (9-8, 2KO)

Living life as a Heavyweight journeyman is a thankless job. The Stockport scrapper doesn’t just fall over for a quick pay job, Healey makes the most of his thoroughly limited skills and athleticism. I will never criticise a fighter who is trying to win, but it’s fair to say that Healey is 100lbs and 4 weight divisions larger than he should be. Healey will try to press Adeleye to the ropes, but the speed differential will prove too much on the night.

Predicted Result: Adeleye TKO Round 2

Until Adeleye is willing to rematch Sokolowski and capable of beating him, the fighter from Ladbroke Grove should not be considered a serious prospect at Heavyweight. In regards to Healey, it’s fair to say that Healey is 100lbs and 4 weight divisions larger than he should be. The Stockport scrapper has a solid chin and refuses to keel over for a payday though, to be fair. Healey will try to press Adeleye to the ropes, but the speed differential will prove too much on the night.

Result: Adeleye def. Healey // TKO Round 4 0:52

Winner ✔️ // Method ✔️ // Round ❌

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Tommy Fury vs Daniel Bocianski

Light Heavyweight (175)

Tommy Fury (7-0, 4KO)

Get the fight with Jake Paul set up. Conspiracy theories or not, my money is on Paul embarrassing the lesser-known Fury. Fury’s stinky decision win over Anthony Taylor failed to ignite any sort of press over in the States. Similar to Campbell Hatton, keep this dross off the PPVs.

Daniel Bocianski (10-1, 2KO)

Bocianski offers a decent step up in competition for Tommy, in regards to records anyway. The Pole hasn’t solely crushed cans over his short career, but he has got by largely as a size bully and activity. Pressing his head against opponents, Bocianski fires off 4-5 shot combinations to the body and head. A fairly decent match-up for the sole question of ‘Can Tommy gameplan and keep this fight on the outside’?

Predicted Result: Fury Decision

Bocianski offers a decent step up in competition for Tommy. Pressing his head against opponents, Bocianski fires off 4-5 shot combinations to the body and head. The question for this fight remains ‘Can Tommy gameplan and keep this fight on the outside’?

Result: Fury def. Bocianski // Decision (referee’s scorecard – 60-54)

Winner ✔️ // Method ✔️ // Round ✔️

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Kurt Walker vs Stefan Nicolae

Super Featherweight (130)

Kurt Walker (1-0, 1KO)

The Irishman is just starting his professional career and is smartly taking his time. Walker’s debut win oozed class as found the body shot KO off a jab.

Stefan Nicolae (3-31-2, 1KO)

A long-term journeyman on the British scene, the Romanian is starting to show a bit of wear and tear to the chin. In part, this is because Nicolae doesn’t operate like a typical journeyman – he sits into his shots even though they have the firepower of a spud gun.

Predicted Result: Walker TKO Round 3

Walker’s debut win oozed class as found the body shot KO off a jab. A long-term journeyman on the British scene, the Romanian is starting to show a bit of wear and tear to the chin. In part, this is because Nicolae doesn’t operate like a typical journeyman – he sits into his shots even though they have the firepower of a spud gun.

Result: Walker def. Nicolae // Decision (referee’s scorecard – 40-36)

Winner ✔️ // Method ❌ // Round ❌

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Karol Itauma vs Michal Ciach

Light Heavyweight (175)

Karol Itauma (6-0, 4KO)

There’s a lot to like about Karol Itauma, the twenty-one year old is starting to tap into his power and his fundamentals are ridiculously sound. The Slovakian native gauges the distance early, with the foundation laid down by his long straight shots. Keep an eye on this future title contender.

Michal Ciach (2-11, 1KO)

Yeah, Ciach is in for a painful night. The Poles’ chin has been cracked at a near 50% KO rate. I totally forgot that MVP (yes, the Bellator MMA fighter) holds a second-round stoppage over Ciach. There just doesn’t seem to be any sort of intent behind Ciach’s work, leaving him stranded and peppered.

Predicted Result: Itauma TKO Round 2

There’s a lot to like about Karol Itauma, the twenty-one year old is starting to tap into his power and his fundamentals are ridiculously sound. This is a joke of a fight, however. Ciach was beaten by MVP (yes, the Bellator fighter) to second-round stoppage. The Poles’ chin has been cracked at a near 50% KO rate – this is dangerous match-making.

Result: Itauma def. Ciach // TKO Round 2 2:27

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Royston Barney-Smith vs Constantin Radoi

Super Featherweight (130)

Royston Barney-Smith (1-0)

Sugar Boy Roy hardly sparkled on his debut win over Adan Martinez. The Spaniard was a tricky customer with awkward lateral movement and explosive offensive bursts, but the young prospect was lucky not to have a knockdown counted against him. It’s anyone’s guess whether Barney-Smith grows athletically and technically.

Constantin Radoi (0-10)

Radoi is a young man, belying his aged face, so there is reason to believe that the Romanian will find a win over the next decade. Radoi regularly drops his hands and is happy to back himself onto the ropes, both lethal mistakes against a confident front-foot boxer in Barney-Smith.

Predicted Result: Barney-Smith Decision

Radoi regularly drops his hands and is happy to back himself onto the ropes, both lethal mistakes against a confident front-foot boxer in Barney-Smith. I’m not fully sold on the prospect just yet, he was lucky not to have a knockdown counted against him in his debut, but the difference in skill is far too large in this affair.

Result: Barney-Smith def. Radoi // Decision (referee’s scorecard – 40-36)

Winner ✔️ // Method ✔️ // Round ✔️

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Prediction Accuracy

Tyson fury vs Dillian Whyte

Winner: 7/8

Method: 6/8

Round: 3/8

2022 Boxing Season

Winner: 23/26

Method: 16/26

Round: 11/26

Boxing Overall

Winner: 182/226

Method: 131/226

Round: 95/226

Takeaway comments: King Fury will return to spank AJ.


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