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Boxing Betting Preview: Dillian Whyte Could Be Taken the Distance in Title Defense by Alexander Povetkin

Betting Preview!

Britain’s Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (27-1-0) is scheduled to defend his WBC Interim Heavyweight title against Russia’s Alexander “Sasha” Povetkin (35-2-1) at the Manchester Arena in England on Saturday 4th July 2020.   

The bout was originally scheduled to take place on May 2nd 2020 but, along with just about every other sporting event in the world, was postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The rescheduled fight is set to take place without fans and could itself still be subject to a further change of date.

Whyte Vs Povetkin Betting Odds

Dillian Whyte goes into the fight as a fairly strong favorite with the bookies at odds of 1/4 (1.25) with bet365 to retain his belt, with Alexander Povetkin at 3/1 (4.00) at Betfair Sportsbook. The draw option can be backed at best odds 25/1 (26.0) with Boylesports. 

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As yet, there are no betting odds available for any market other than to win the fight (as a consequence of the ongoing uncertainty as to the event going ahead). When the fight was originally scheduled to take place, the bet that stood out was for Whyte to ‘Win by Decision’ at 11/10 (2.10) with Betfair and we should expect very similar odds again once more boxing betting markets become available. 

Another market to look out for when odds become available is for the fight to ‘Go The Distance?’ (12 rounds), which would cover either fighter winning by a decision.

Title Shot for Whyte?

The 32 year-old Jamaica-born Whyte possesses plenty of punching power, having registered 18 of his 27 victories to date by KO. Currently ranked 5th in the world, behind Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr., victory here would potentially position Whyte as the number one contender and mandatory challenger for either Fury or Joshua’s belts. 

He’s currently on an 11-fight win streak after having lost to Anthony Joshua, with his last fight resulting in a unanimous decision win over Mariusz Wach in December last year.

Russian Resistance

The 40-year-old Russian veteran might be in the twilight of his career, but he’s still a dangerous and durable challenger, with 24 KO’s to his name. He has a wealth of top level experience and his only defeats have come at the hands of Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. This is not a man who is likely to make things easy for Whyte.

Following his own loss to Joshua, Povetkin responded with a win over Hughie Fury and had a hard-fought draw with Michael Hunter.

Most factors point to Whyte coming through with a successful defense of his title here, but Povetkin will make him work for it and we can see this fight coming down to a decision after 12 grueling rounds.

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