Our Tips for Whyte v Chisora and Frampton v Warrington
It has been a stellar year for British boxing in 2018 with some outstanding boxing to enjoy at domestic, European, international and world level throughout the year. While a number of Brits have seen their world title’s slip away, such as Lee Selby and Tony Bellew, other big names have earned top honours including Callum Smith and Josh Warrington.
So you would think heading into the Christmas period, fighters would be relaxing and looking forward to some festive fun and a break from the relentless training routines they follow. Unfortunately for a number of British fighters, but fortunately for the British boxing public, that is not the case as this weekend is one of the biggest nights of the year for British boxing fans.
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In Manchester and being shown live on BT Sport Box Office, there is a full card of action at the Manchester Arena, culminating in the biggest fight of the night for the IBF Featherweight World Title as Josh Warrington defends the title he won earlier in the year against Lee Selby, by taking on former two-weight World Champion Carl Frampton.
At the same time at the O2 Arena in London, and being broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office, heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte will attempt to secure his claims as being the number one challenger for a world title fight in 2019, by defeating Dereck Chisora. This clash of heavyweights is the second time the fighters have done battle, after the first fight back in 2015 produced a controversial split decision win for Whyte in what was a bruising and spectacular 12-rounds of action.
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Let’s now take a look ahead to both big fights starting with the Featherweight action in Manchester.
IBF World Title Fight – Josh Warrington v Carl Frampton
Current champion Josh Warrington can certainly not be accused of dodging top opponents. The Yorkshire fighter was the surprise winner of the bout earlier this year with former champion Lee Selby, with the Welsh fighter unable to cope with the barrage of punches that Warrington put together throughout the fight to keep the Welsh boxer on the back foot.
Although Warrington is not a huge puncher, his relentless style and high energy make him a very tough opponent as he never gives his opponent a moment in the ring and his fitness levels are such that he can maintain this ultra-high intensity levels across 12-rounds if needs be.
However, in his first defence he faces a very classy operator in Carl Frampton. The Belfast born fighter is a two-time World Champion himself, at Super Bantamweight and Featherweight and he has built himself back up following the only defeat in his career, a split decision loss to Leo Santa Cruz, a fighter who had had beaten in similar fashion a few months beforehand.
Frampton would no doubt like third fight with Santa Cruz and his chances of getting it would be enhanced if he can bring the IBF belt to the negotiating table. If not, then it may be Warrington who goes on to face some of the top Featherweight champions in 2019.
Tale of the Tape
|Name||Tale of the Tape||Name|
|Josh Warrington||Carl Frampton|
|Leeds||Place of Birth||Belfast|
|14th Nov 1990||Date of Birth||21st Feb 1987|
They key to the fight is going to be how Frampton deals with Warrington’s relentless onslaught of punches. He effectively hurried Lee Selby out of his stride when winning the title and Warrington will want to do the same to Frampton.
Frampton, who for a long time was chasing a bout with Selby, will no doubt try to play a more strategic game, picking his punches and trying to land his big right, which can trouble anybody at this level. However Warrington showed against Selby that he can take a good shot and if he can do the same with the smaller Frampton, Warrington, who starts the fight as the big underdog despite being champion, could well surprise a few people.
My Tip – Josh Warrington to win by unanimous decision – 4/1
Heavyweight Clash – Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora 2
When these two fighters met back in 2015, it was regarded as the best fight of the year by many boxing experts. Whyte and Chisora tore into each other from the first bell and things did not relent until the end of the fight after 12 rounds. In the end, Whyte just about nabbed a split decision, which Chisora is aiming to put right this time around.
Chisora, a big beast of a man with a thumping right hand, managed to land several clean shots on Whyte the last time they met but Whyte refused to go down. That must worry the Zimbabwean-born fighter who usually uses his power to defeat his opponents.
Whyte also landed some great shots on Chisora and failed to put Chisora away in the last fight, but since then I believe Whyte has matured and improved as a fighter and has also developed a cleaner stronger knockout punch.
Whatever happens on Saturday night, I am expecting an equally brutal fight and in my eyes, this is a heavyweight clash which I don’t feel will go too many rounds before a winner is decided.
Tale of the Tape
|Name||Tale of the Tape||Name|
|Dillian Whyte||Dereck Chisora|
|Port Antonio, Jamaica||Place of Birth||Harare, Zimbabwe|
|11 Apr 1988||Date of Birth||29 Dec 1983|
For me, I think the strategy of each fighter in this fight is already decided. Chisora I don’t think has the conditioning to go too far in the fight and as such, I am expecting him to start the fight very quickly to try and catch Whyte cold.
However, I think in doing that, Chisora is going to be in trouble. Whyte is a shrewder, more mature and stronger professional now and I think he has the skills to counter Chisora’s advance and opick of telling shots himself which I think will take their toll on the older man.
As such, I can’t see this going anywhere near as long as the last fight, Chisora is three years older whereas Whyte is coming into his prime five years younger. That for me is the key here and I am expecting Whyte to land a win relatively quickly into the contest.
My Tip – Whyte to win by knockout – 15/2