Former heavyweight title challenger Dillian Whyte looks to get back in the win column when he takes on unbeaten American Jermaine Franklin at the Wembley Arena in London on Saturday.
On April 23, Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs) was knocked out in six rounds by WBC champion Tyson Fury before a record U.K. crowd of 94,000 fans at Wembley Stadium. Fury was in terrific form, and the 35-year-old Whyte was unable to cope with his countryman’s mobility, speed, and sharp shooting.
Franklin (21-0, 14 KOs) turned professional in 2015 and dutifully completed his learning curve in the paid ranks. However, managerial issues forced the Michigan native to endure a two-and-a-half-year layoff, which ended in May when Franklin stopped Rodney Moore in the fifth round of a stay-busy bout.
Whyte is eager to lock in a money-spinning rematch with Anthony Joshua, who handed Whyte his first professional defeat in December 2015. Can Whyte rebound in style, or will this be a coming-out party for the super-confident Franklin?
The Sporting News is here to give some insight on how to bet on this heavyweight slugfest.
Odds for Dillian Whyte vs. Jermaine Franklin
Per Sky Bet, Whyte is a prohibitive -1400 favourite, while Franklin is the +650 underdog.
In Canada, per Sports Interaction, Whyte is the -1429 favourite, while Franklin is the +652 underdog.
Betting trends for Dillian Whyte vs. Jermaine Franklin
Per the FanDuel Sportsbook:
- Whyte via KO/TKO: -330
- Whyte via decision: +420
- Franklin via KO/TKO: +1100
- Franklin via decision: +1600
- Draw: +2600
Dillian Whyte vs. Jermaine Franklin prediction
On paper, Dillian Whyte should have too much experience for Jermaine Franklin, but there are other intangibles to consider.
Whyte, 35, has been campaigning at top level for over six years and has become a popular attraction due to his willingness to mix up. The downside is that the gutsy Londoner has absorbed a lot of punishment from the likes of Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, Derek Chisora, Joseph Parker, and Alexander Povetkin.
Juxtaposed alongside that, Whyte is coming off a shuddering sixth-round knockout to Fury in the biggest fight of his life. Will he be motivated against an undistinguished and largely unknown opponent?
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At 6-foot-2 and roughly 240 pounds, Franklin will not be dwarfed by Whyte, who only holds slight edges in height and reach. The Michigan-based contender has quick hands and feet for a man of his size, and his punch variety is impressive. While Franklin can fight inside, he’d do well to keep Whyte on the end of his shots and maintain distance.
If Whyte is at his best, then you have to favour him to prevail. Franklin has had one fight in three years and that’s sure to catch up with him in a long, destructive war. However, Franklin does possess the attributes to give Whyte trouble, so the home fighter cannot afford to look past him.
Each of Whyte’s last three fights were stopped short in the sixth round or sooner. Expect Whyte to prevail and make it four straight within the distance.
Sporting News prediction: Whyte by late stoppage. (-330)
DIllian Whyte vs. Jermaine Franklin fight card
Dillian Whyte vs. Jermaine Franklin, heavyweight
Fabio Wardley vs. Nathan Gorman, British heavyweight title
Craig Richards vs. Ricards Bolotniks, WBA international light heavyweight title
Sandy Ryan vs. Anahi Ester Sanchez, WBC international super lightweights