Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora II
How did we get here?
Finally we have these two back in the ring together after their war 2 years ago. At the time it was controversially scored a split decision to Whyte when many felt Chisora had won. Even a draw would have been more satisfactory according to fan polls at the time.
Since then a lot has changed, both guys have stayed active with Whyte clearly having the better time of it. Whyte has been gradually climbing the ladder with wins over Robert Helenius, Lucas Browne and Joseph Parker respectively. Things were going great for Whyte until the final Round in his last fight against Joseph Parker where he was very nearly knocked out.
On the other side Chisora has had a rockier journey to this rematch. After a lacklustre performance and decision loss to Agit Kabayel in April 2017 it looked like it could be the end of the line for Del. Things didn’t much improve when he stepped in the ring with Carlos Takam earlier this year as a one sided beat-down was taking place in front of our eyes. Then suddenly everything changed, Chisora found a potentially career saving punch from somewhere and scored a stunning comeback KO. All of a sudden Del was relevant again and this rematch had a reason to happen.
There doesn’t seem to be as much hype this time round, maybe they left it too long? Maybe it’s just because all the ‘beef’ before the first fight has been replaced with mutual respect? Or maybe because this show is on pay per view and clashes with another strong PPV card (Josh Warrington v Carl Frampton) either way it is still a good fight.
What will happen this time?
I think there are two options. We may get a continuation of the first fight and this could just be Round 13 of the war! With both guys deciding to fight offensively again rather than box smart and prioritise defence. This is the option I would prefer.
I expect we are more likely to see Dillian Whyte use the valuable experience he has picked up since their first fight. If Whyte boxes smart, behind the jab, timing his counters on Chisora he should be able to secure a ‘fairly’ comfortable decision.
If Chisora is as fit and improved as he claims now under the guidance of David Haye then we know he will be making Dillian work the entire fight and you can’t write him off.
This brings me to my betting predictions…
Main bet: Dillian Whyte by Decision or Technical Decision @ 6/4
Smaller bet: Dereck Chisora by KO TKO or Disqualification @ 15/2