This Saturday night two of the best Boxing heavyweights in the world will battle it out. There aren’t any belts on the line but with this an unofficial eliminator for the right to take on IBF, WBA and WBO champ Anthony Joshua, there soon could be. The oddsmakers are having difficulty splitting the pair, with Joseph Parker 4/5 at William Hill and Dillian Whyte 6/5 at Betfair.

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Both fighters have similar records, with the underdog boasting 23 wins, 17 KOs and just one defeat. Kiwi Parker also just has one defeat and has recorded 18 knockouts in his 24 wins. The rivals are the same height too and whilst the Brit has a slight reach advantage and should weigh a little more than his opponent, on paper the two are clearly very well matched.

Of course, win and loss records sometimes hide more than they reveal but in this instance they are a pretty fair reflection of both fighters. Both men’s only taste of defeat came against Joshua and in general they have faced a very similar calibre of opponent. Parker arguably fared better against AJ, going the distance, but some experts believe it is Whyte showing the greater improvements.

The Kiwi, the former WBO heavyweight champion, is the younger man at 26, with his opponent 30. Age shouldn’t be any sort of factor but is of note because it is the older man who seems to have developed more over the past few years.

Ultimately everything is pointing to this one being a close affair. In addition to the records of the fighters, their physical stats and the odds, it is also worth noting that they are ranked similarly by the various respected boxing authorities. The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and Ring magazine make Parker their third best heavyweight, with those bodies placing Whyte sixth and seventh. BoxRec makes the underdog their ninth best heavyweight and puts Parker sixth.

OK, so we’re back to where we started – this is going to be close. But where is the value when it comes to the odds? In our eyes we think Whyte, cheered on by the home crowd, is well worth backing at solid odds of 6/5.

In more recent fights, as both men have stepped up in terms of quality, Parker has, if not struggled, certainly failed to shine. He lost on points last time out and prior to that edged a majority decision against Hughie Fury. In May last year he scored a unanimous decision over Răzvan Cojanu, to follow a majority decision on home soil against Andy Ruiz.

Whyte did lose in seven rounds to AJ but he has really come in since then, that fight taking place back in 2015. Last time out he knocked Lucas Browne out at the O2 and with the home crowd behind him again we think he is worth backing to win. Parker’s footwork isn’t the best and if the underdog can keep on boxing as opposed to getting drawn into a scrap, we think backing him for the KO at big betting odds of 15/4 (Bet365) looks good.


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