- Dillian Whyte has opened as the -333 betting favorite in his October 30 bout against Otto Wallin.
- At +240, this is only the second time in his last eight bouts where Wallin is the betting underdog.
- Whyte has been the betting favorite in all but two of his 30 professional bouts.
Dillian Whyte will be the oddsmakers’ choice when he defends his interim WBC heavyweight title against Otto Wallin on October 30 at London’s O2 Arena.
According to the best boxing sportsbooks, Whyte is the -333 odds on favorite to defeat Wallin who came back at +240 when the betting lines first opened after the bout was announced last Thursday.
𝐅𝐑𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓 𝐍𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓 🐺
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Whyte has been embroiled in a battle with the WBC over his mandatory challenger status. The Briton was deemed as such after winning the interim WBC heavyweight title in July 2019 and he believed he earned that right after reclaiming the belt against Alexander Povetkin last March.
Whyte Not WBC’s Mandatory Challenger
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) July 8, 2021
But the WBC has declared that there is no current mandatory challenger and that the issue will be sorted out after the Fury vs Wilder trilogy bout. With his world title shot uncertain, Whyte has decided to stay busy. However, Wallin isn’t going to be a walk in the park if he thinks that was what he has ahead of him. Just ask Tyson Fury.
Wallin gave Fury all that he could handle when they fought in September of 2019. The former European Union heavyweight champion entered the Fury fight as a massive +1200 betting underdog. But not only did he cut Fury above the right eye early in the fight, but he also gave him a tough fight. Fury ended up winning by unanimous decision, but the fight was not as lopsided as the odds had depicted.
The German would bounce back from that defeat by knocking out Travis Kauffman as a 9/1 betting favorite. In his most recent fight, Wallin displayed he could go the distance by defeating Dominic Breazeale via unanimous decision as a 2/1 odds on favorite. The Fury bout stands as the only bout in his last seven ring appearances where he saw the plus money sign next to his name.
Whyte Willing to Fight Anyone
“I’ve always tried to be the solution since the start of my career. I’ll fight anyone.”
Dillian Whyte calls for WBC to order Deontay Wilder to face him in world title fight instead of Tyson Fury.
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) July 10, 2021
When Tyson Fury contracted COVID-19 and his third fight with Deontay Wilder was postponed, Whyte called on the WBC to book him to a fight against Wilder for the heavyweight title. That fell on deaf ears but when Whyte said last July that he would fight anyone, he wasn’t bluffing. He could’ve taken an easy fight and wait for the Fury vs Wilder trilogy to unfold. But he’s stayed true to his word.
In his 30 professional bouts, Whyte has only been listed as the underdog twice. He was a 6/1 bottom dog when he fought and lost to Anthony Joshua in 2015. The Body Snatcher was also a slight +125 underdog when he outpointed former WBO heavyweight champion, Joseph Parker, in July 2018. Whyte has closed as high as +10000 when he fought Ivica Bacurin in 2016.
The Body Snatcher has a record of 28-2 with 19 knockouts. Since losing to old rival Joshua, Whyte has won 12 of 13 bouts including half via stoppage. Whyte owns notable wins over David Allen, Derek Chisora, Robert Helenius, Lucas Browne, Parker, and Povetkin.