- Tyson Fury has opened as a massive -650 betting favorite against Dillian Whyte.
- Whyte will be installed as the WBC’s mandatory challenger if he beats Otto Wallin on October 30th.
- At +430, it’s the longest odds that Whyte has seen in his entire professional boxing career.
Tyson Fury’s victory over Deontay Wilder isn’t even one week old yet the best boxing betting sites are already busy plotting his next bout.
With the talk that the Gypsy King will have to take a mandatory title defense before a possible title unification, sportsbooks have opened the betting lines for a bout between Fury and interim WBC heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte and the odds aren’t even close:
Dillian Whyte (+430)
Tyson Fury (-650)https://t.co/I4Rbf3yStl
— ProBoxingOdds (@ProBoxingOdds) October 11, 2021
Whyte is Fury’s Mandatory if He Beat Otto Wallin
Provided he beats Otto Wallin on 30th October, Dillian Whyte will be Tyson Fury’s next opponent
Within 12 months we will have witnessed…
🇬🇧 Joshua vs Usyk 🇺🇦
🇬🇧 Fury vs Wilder III 🇺🇸
🇬🇧 Joshua vs Usyk II 🇺🇦
🇬🇧 Fury vs Whyte 🇬🇧
Heavyweight Boxing is on fire at the moment 🔥 pic.twitter.com/KfbpWqBWCU
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) October 10, 2021
Whyte was the WBC’s mandatory challenger after becoming interim WBC heavyweight champion in July 2019. However, he lost the belt and mandatory challenger status when he was knocked out by Alexander Povetkin in August 2020. He regained the belt one fight later in a rematch, but not the mandatory challenger status.
However, the WBC said prior to last weekend’s fight that Whyte would regain mandatory challenger status if he beats Otto Wallin in his next bout. Whyte and Wallin are scheduled to meet on October 30 at the O2 Arena in London, England. The Body Snatcher opened as a -333 betting favorite to win the fight. He’s currently listed as the -280 odds on favorite to beat the German.
The 33-year old Jamaican-born Briton has been the betting favorite in all but two bouts in his professional boxing career. Whyte was a +233 betting underdog when he was stopped by Anthony Joshua in 2015. He was also a +125 bottom dog when he defeated Joseph Parker by unanimous decision three years later. On the other hand, Whyte was a -400 betting favorite when Povetkin knocked him out last year.
Best Heavyweight of His Era
Put simply, Tyson Fury is what he always told us he was – the best heavyweight in the world and the best heavyweight of his era. The Gypsy King reigns supreme. pic.twitter.com/opAooxUEbG
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) October 10, 2021
Fury established himself as the best heavyweight on the planet by defeating Deontay Wilder in one of the best heavyweight title fights of all time. The Gypsy Kings got up from two knockdowns in the 4th round to dominate and then stop Wilder in 11 rounds to retain the WBC heavyweight title The win was Fury’s second straight against Wilder, both via knockout.
He was supposed to fight Anthony Joshua earlier this year in a bout that would’ve crowned the first undisputed heavyweight boxing champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000. But Wilder stole the fight by winning a legal arbitration and Wilder ended up losing his belts to Oleksandr Usyk. Joshua and Usyk are headed to a rematch and if promoter Eddie Hearn has his way, he’d want Fury to Fight Whyte with the winner facing the victor of AJ vs Usyk 2.
As far as betting odds are concerned, Fury has closed as the betting underdog only once in his career and that was during his first bout with Wilder in 2018 when he was listed at +165. That bout ended in a draw although many felt Fury outboxed Wilder despite getting knocked down twice.