There’s nothing quite like a big fight of a Saturday night, is there? We don’t mean you and some drunk pillock trading cuffs in a pub car park though, we mean BOXING. A proper bout between two decent professional fighters. And this Saturday has one that’s definitely worth catching. While it may not quite be The Rumble in the Jungle or Benn vs. Eubank, it still promises to be a bruising encounter not to miss.
Anthony Joshua may have proven to be a little too big and strong for New Zealander Joseph Parker recently, but then again AJ is a different beast. Parker is still an awesome fighter. And when he takes on London boy Dillian Whyte it should be a decent clash. Whyte’s proving to be a better boxer than many originally gave him credit for and he fancies a belt of his own. Who’ll come out on top?
Let’s have a look at the scrap…
When and where?
From South London’s O2 Arena, the fight should start around 10pm on Saturday 28th. Tickets are still available and are priced at £40, £60 and £80, depending on the seat. Or you can catch the fight at home via Sky Box Office for probably slightly more than you want to pay. Or, of course, you can head down to your nearest Rileys for a bit of atmosphere.
The tale of the tape
The stats don’t separate them much, do they? The Kiwi’s the younger man, but they both have similar levels of experience. Similar builds, Similar sizes… The numbers have them pretty evenly matched.
What the fighters say
Dillian Whyte: “There’s going to be blood, pain and a knockout. I’m bang up for this. He’s a good fighter but he didn’t show much courage against Joshua. I want him to be more adventurous and not go on the run, but he knows that if he has a fight against me, he’s getting knocked out clean and in a brutal way.
“I like challenges and I rise to them, this is a big fight. There’s a massive incentive for me to wipe him out and show the world that I am ready to be the top man in the division – I want a world title and I know I can beat Deontay Wilder and Joshua. Beating Parker should almost guarantee me a world title shot, but let’s see. He’s going to be very desperate, I’m expecting the best Joseph Parker because he can’t afford to have back-to-back defeats, but that’s exactly what he’s going to get, and it’s going to be another massive KO win for me at The O2.”
Joseph Parker: “We’ve both been in with AJ. One of us ended the fight on our feet, the other didn’t. That pretty much speaks for itself. I’m really looking forward to fighting Dillian. He’s got a big mouth and says some funny things – and he’s also highly entertaining in the ring. It’ll be an incredible fight. There’s no doubt about that.”
What the experts say
Carl Froch: “In this fight, I just think that Dillian Whyte is a bit smaller, he’s not as rangy, he likes to throw hooks and land big shots. Joseph Parker is going to be more comfortable with somebody standing in front of him. Whyte is going to have to get in close, try and hit him with a heavy shot, try and hurt him. Parker will quite happily sit behind his jab. We’ve seen him go 12 rounds a couple of times.”
“I’m making Parker a slight favourite in this fight against Whyte, but I’m hoping the British Whyte can turn out a performance, rise to the occasion, and show people ‘you know what, I do belong at world level.”
“He can be explosive and he punches hard. He’s taking it more serious now and he’s maturing as a fighter and as a person. He’s much cooler and calmer, which is better because it means he’s in control of his emotions, and he can go in the ring and concentrate on his fighting. I’m hoping he does the business, but from what I’ve seen previously of both fighters, I’ve got to be honest and say I’m making Parker a slight favourite.”
Stand out fights on the Whyte/Parker undercard see big boys Dereck Chisora and Carlos Takam clash. Sam Eggington comes in at late notice to fight in place of Kell Brook. Nigel Benn’s son Conor is fighting Cedric Peynaud again and there’s another clash for Katie Taylor…
The undercard in full:
Katie Taylor vs. Kimberly Connor
10 x 2 mins WBA & IBF World Lightweight Championship
Dereck Chisora vs. Carlos Takam
12 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
Sam Eggington vs. Brandon Cook
12 x 3 super-welterweight contest
Joshua Buatsi vs. Ricky Summers
10 x 3 mins vacant WBC International Light-Heavyweight Championship
Conor Benn vs. Cedric Peynaud
10 x 3 mins Welterweight contest
Frank Buglioni vs. Emmanuel Feuzeu
8 x 3 mins Light-Heavyweight contest
Anthony Fowler vs. Craig O’Brien
8 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest
Richard Riakporhe vs. Lawrence Okolie
4 x 3 mins Cruiserweight contest
Former world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch may have Parker down as a slight favourite, but the bookies aren’t quite as sure. They can’t split the fighters, with most pricing both men up at around Evens, with the draw at 25s. Whyte by KO is 7/2, as is Parker to win the fight in the same way. If you fancy Parker to nab a decision it’s best priced 7/4, with 9/4 available on the South Londoner.
We see this being a pretty tasty fight. Far better than Parker vs. Anthony Joshua. Both men here stack up and are evenly matched. We’ll be backing the Brit, of course. And hoping for a dramatic KO or decision. But that’s our heart talking. Our head is going with Parker to just edge it on points. Split decision. Maybe a rematch.
How do you see it going? Fancy Whyte to do the business? Or will Parker prove too strong and classy for him? Whatever your thoughts, you can catch the whole thing with us. Along with all sorts of other live sports events. So head on down…
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