Heavyweight Championship: Fury vs Whyte Betting Preview

Underdog Looks to Retire the 'Gypsy King'

Whether it is some kind of a ploy or not, the “Gypsy King” is steadfast in his claims that he will be retiring after the Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte fight. The heavyweight champion enters Saturday’s contest as a large favorite (-600) per the Fury vs Whyte odds, but can Whyte capitalize on Fury if he already has one foot out the door?

Fury Can Go Out on Top

Love him or hate him, you cannot argue against the resume of Tyson Fury. The “Gypsy King” is undefeated at 31-0-1 (22 KOs) and has beaten the best boxers in Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder (twice). So he does have a point that he doesn’t have much else to prove.

“I’m walking away,” Fury said in his interview with Adam Smith from Top Rank. “I have nothing to prove to nobody. I’ve done what I had to do. That’s it. Win, lose, or draw on Saturday night, we put up a good fight and we go home. That’s it.”

Of course, there is some grain of salt to be taken here. Many boxers have thrown the “R” word around loosely only to come back and take a fight within the next few years. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has done it repeatedly. Alternatively, many if not most have come back.

There is still the Anthony Joshua fight many have attached to Fury or a rematch with Whyte if the challenger does indeed upset him. A fight with Oleksandr Usyk is also possible. There is still plenty left for Fury to do regardless of how he feels. But were he to walk away now, he’s cemented his spot in the Hall of Fame.

“I wanted one more fight. It didn’t have to be Dillian Whyte,” Fury said. “It could have been Joshua or it could have been Oleksandr Usyk. But at the end of the day, the deal didn’t get made.”

Whether this is his last fight or not, Fury should put on a show. Being a 6-1 favorite on the Fury vs Whyte odds is not one to take lightly, and even with retirement on his mind, Fury should deliver.

Whyte the Next-Best Guy Up

Most casual fans have not heard of Whyte. But the kickboxer-turned-boxer could be one win away from inheriting the heavyweight division. Whyte (28-2-0, 19 KOs) is not perfect, as his record indicates. He got stopped by both Joshua and Alexander Povetkin, though he did avenge his loss to Povetkin by knocking him out in return.

But if Whyte plays his cards right, he could upset Fury and send him off. He will not only capture the WBC and The Ring titles, but also be the lineal champion since many view Fury as the one.

Doors will open for Whyte if he pulls off this upset: He is currently +400 on the boxing fight odds, the biggest as an underdog he will be since he fought Joshua in 2015. While he did lose that fight, Whyte has gone on to be nearly flawless. In fact, he was arguably the best boxer at heavyweight outside of the Furys and Joshuas of the world.

Whyte, who knows Fury personally and sparred with him, is more than ready to prove to everyone that he is being slept on and that he is a bigger star than the media plays him out to be.

“Listen, this division is not the Tyson Fury show,” Whyte said in an interview. “Everybody says, ‘Tyson Fury this. Tyson Fury that.’ If Tyson Fury was such a big star, he never sold out any of the fights against Deontay Wilder. That’s a fact. Tyson Fury’s never sold out. This is not the Tyson Fury show. This fight sold out because me and Tyson Fury [are fighting]. Wilder is this big superstar and none of those fights sold out. Let’s be honest about it: It’s not just the ‘Tyson Fury Show.’ It’s the ‘Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte Show.’”

Not lacking in confidence, all Whyte has to do is win. A difficult task. But the 34-year-old has the skills to do it and if Fury shows up anything less than what he came in his two bouts against Wilder, we could have a new heavyweight king.

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