Fury-Whyte: Breakdown and betting analysis

Tyson Fury defends the WBC and lineal heavyweight championship against mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte on Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London (ESPN+ PPV, 2 p.m. ET) in front of an expected 94,000 fans.

Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs), 33, of Manchester, England, is coming off two impressive stoppages of Deontay Wilder. Under the tutelage of trainer SugarHill Steward, he has found a steady and effective offense that goes perfectly with his defensive skills.

“Tyson Fury is like a chameleon. He can adapt to just about anything inside his environment,” two-division champion and current ESPN boxing analyst Timothy Bradley Jr. said. “He is intelligent, intuitive and self-sufficient, maintaining control in all aspects of boxing.”

Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs), 34, of Jamaica, but fighting out of London, became the WBC mandatory challenger in 2017. He lost that position after a KO loss to Alexander Povetkin in 2020, but regained it in the rematch eight months later.

“For Whyte to win, he needs to make it a street fight, just straight up street fight,” Bradley said. “He has to attack Fury any chance he gets, get him on the ropes, work him, find a way to hit him and make the fight grueling for Fury.”

Can Fury control the distance and land his combinations effectively? Will Whyte be in the best shape of his life and be able to decipher Fury’s defense to hurt him with his powerful uppercut and right hand? Timothy Bradley Jr. breaks down the heavyweight matchup.

Editor’s note: Content has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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