By William Hill
Last Updated: 21st December 2018
Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora will step between the ropes at the O2 on Saturday night with predictions rife they’ll serve up a slobber-knocking slugfest to equal their December 2016 classic. Read on for our Whyte vs Chisora predictions and betting tips.
Whyte edged the original by a paper-thin split decision, but that’s not stopped him being installed as a 3/10 favourite in the bout betting, with Chisora – re-born with both a new nickname and a deep religious faith in the interim – a lively 5/2 underdog and the draw priced up at 22/1.
The aftermath has seen the Body Snatcher’s 24-and-1 career record continue its upward trajectory thanks to four straight wins, while the mercurial fighter we are now to know as WAR returned from the blink of professional oblivion with an 8th round KO of Carlos Takam last time out.
Whyte vs Chisora predictions: Don’t discount durable Dereck
The victory over Takam that helped secure the tantalising prospect that is this rematch neatly encapsulates both why Whyte is a heavy favourite and why few bettors will be biting off the William-Hill-hand at the odds-on offer.
Chisora soaked up seven-rounds of points-loss-preambling punishment on the ropes prior to twice pole-axing the Frenchman in the eighth to spark this contest into life.
In doing so, he showcased the combination of resilience and respect-worthy punch power that has seen him endure as a name among the higher echelons of the big men, regardless of his fluctuating fitness, focus and application to the sweet science.
Whether, ultimately, it’s the Takam/Whyte version of the Finchley fighter that turns up, rather than the one who lost an uninspiring Monte Carlo encounter with European boss Agit Kabayel three fights ago, remains to be seen.
Either way, with Chisora, stopped just twice (by David Haye and Tyson Fury) in his 38-fight career, odds of 4/6 about the bout going the distance look fair, as does the 7/4 about Whyte winning on points – just one of the former’s eight such wins have come at anywhere near this level.
Stopping Whyte looks to be the underdog’s most likely chance of victory here, but the Takam fight offered a reminder, if any were needed after Whyte vs Chisora 1, that it may not be such a forlorn possibility.
Whyte vs Chisora predictions: A dose of Dillian doubts
The Body Snatcher has long been a feared puncher and has spoken of the underestimation of the additional dimensions to his game in the build up to this bout.
Yet we’re talking about a fighter for whom only 17 of the 24 wins on his pro CV have come inside the distance, with three of his last five outings, including his first clash with Chisora and a fight with Robert Helenius the Finn took at less than two weeks’ notice, going to the scores.
The most recent of those saw him come perilously close to frittering away the advantage he’d built up (in part due to a 10-8 round courtesy of what was widely seen as a head-butt), by losing the last two of the championship stanzas to Joseph Parker.
Had the bout been in Parker’s homeland of New Zealand, a different verdict may have been forthcoming.
He’d been similarly fortunate to shade his first encounter with his upcoming opponent and certainly looks like he could be vulnerable to an inspired incarnation of the man in question at the O2.
Whyte vs Chisora predictions
Best bet: Chisora to win @ 5/2
Method of victory bet: Chisora by KO, TKO or DQ @ 5/1
Grouped round betting: Chisora rounds 7-12 @ 9/1