Venue: O2 Arena, London
Dillian Whyte returns to the ring knowing victory over Otto Wallin could pave the way for an all-British heavyweight showdown with Tyson Fury.
It was long thought it would be Whyte’s former foe Anthony Joshua that would lock horns with the ‘Gypsy King’.
However, Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk, combined with Whyte’s ranking with the WBC, could open the door for the Brixton man to get first shot at the world heavyweight champion.
Whyte’s opponent will be no stranger to British fight fans having shared the ring with Fury in 2019 but we think Whyte has all the tools to box his way to victory here at 2/5 which is our opening Whyte vs Wallin prediction.
A Look at Dillian Whyte’s betting odds
Whyte will be putting his interim WBC world championship on the line in the 12-round contest that headlines a big night of championship boxing.
The ‘Body Snatcher’ is not afraid to put his reputation on the line as shown when jumping in with a long sequence of dangerous opponents and he does so once again here.
With a bout with Fury just around the corner, some would say it is foolish to step into the squared circle with a fighter that possesses a dangerous 22-1-1 record like Wallin but Whyte knows a statement victory here would cement his position as one of the top five heavyweights in the world.
Although Derek Chisora and many other heavyweights would testify there is good reason why Whyte is named the ‘Body Snatcher’, plenty of Whyte’s bouts at world level have gone the distance.
Therefore, looking at our Whyte vs Wallin odds, the percentage call is to back the Londoner on points at 6/5.
A look at Otto Wallin’s betting odds
Although lasting 12 rounds with Fury, Wallin remains an unknown quantity in the heavyweight division and it is hard to know his true level.
A hand-picked opponent for Fury in preparation for Fury vs Wilder II, the Swedish southpaw caused the ‘Gypsy King’ plenty of problems in their Las Vegas bout.
He cut the Morecambe man in the third round and although Fury eventually took control on the scorecards, Wallin bit down on his gumshield to keep causing the British heavyweight problems in the championship rounds.
Having shown his toughness in what was expected to be a routine win for Fury, Wallin has since added the scalp of former world title challenger (and former opponent of Anthony Joshua) Dominic Breazeale to his CV.
Wallin returned a unanimous decision victory over the American and with the Swede proving extremely durable and able to go the distance, we’ll side with the 4/7 for this one to go the full 12 rounds as our final Whyte vs Wallin prediction.
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