Interim WBC champion Dillian Whyte will face a stiff challenge Saturday in England when he goes toe to toe with former world champion Alexander Povetkin in a key heavyweight bout in Brentwood, England. The card begins at noon ET at the Matchroom Fight Camp, with the main event expected around 5 p.m. The only loss for Whyte (27-1, 18KOs) came in 2015, but he faces an experienced and dangerous foe in the 40-year-old Povetkin (35-2-1, 24 KOs).
Whyte is the -360 (risk $360 to win $100) favorite in the latest Whyte vs. Povetkin odds according to William Hill, with Olympic gold medalist Povetkin listed as the underdog at +280 (risk $100 to win $280). There are many other wagering options, with boxing odds of Whyte winning by KO/TKO/DQ at +138 and Povetkin at +600 for the same result among the choices. With plenty of ways to make Whyte vs. Povetkin picks on Saturday, be sure to see the latest boxing predictions from SportsLine analyst Peter Kahn.
A 2019 Boxing Writers Association of America Cus D'Amato Manager of the Year nominee, Kahn has his finger on the pulse of what's going on inside and outside the ring. Kahn manages nearly 10 percent of Top Rank's fighters and can be seen and heard weekly as co-host of "The Fight Guys" show on FITE TV.
Not surprisingly, Kahn is uncanny when it comes to picking fights. He is a stunning 18-0 on his SportsLine boxing picks since the hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, including a 2-0 sweep last Saturday to extend his highly-profitable run.
No one knows the heavyweight division better. Last year, Kahn called Deontay Wilder knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round, a massive 22-1 long shot bet. "Based on everything Wilder has expressed leading up to the fight and his true dislike and beef with Breazeale, expect Wilder to come out and try to get rid of him early to make a statement," Kahn told readers. The result: Wilder ended it at the 2:17 mark with a violent one-punch knockout, and everyone who followed Kahn's advice cashed huge.
Now, with Saturday's Matchroom boxing card fast approaching, Kahn has studied Whyte vs. Povetkin from every angle, identified the best value in the boxing odds and released a highly confident pick. Head to SportsLine to see all of his boxing picks.
Whyte vs. Povetkin preview
Kahn knows Whyte really wants to stay in line for a shot at Tyson Fury, but the boxing expert also is aware of the danger Povetkin represents.
"Anything can happen in the heavyweight division, so although Whyte is a prohibitive favorite, you can't dismiss Povetkin's chances," Khan said.
Whyte has won 11 consecutive fights since his knockout loss to current heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in 2015, while Povetkin lost a decision to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013 and also lost to Joshua by TKO in 2018.
"I respect him and that's why I trained so hard. I take him seriously," Whyte told reporters when asked about the 2004 gold medalist from Russia. "He is very dangerous and he knows that, if he beats me, his whole life and career is rejuvenated. I'm coming to cause chaos and violence in the ring." You can see Kahn's Whyte vs. Povetkin picks at SportsLine.
How to make Whyte vs. Povetkin picks
For Saturday's card, Kahn likes Katie Taylor (-400) to win her rematch with Delfine Persoon and retain her lightweight titles. Taylor won a controversial majority decision over Persoon in June 2019. "Taylor will use her ring IQ and boxing skill to make this fight easier than the first meeting, taking control from the opening bell," Kahn said.
But Kahn has an even stronger pick on Whyte vs. Povetkin, and he's also predicting exactly how long that fight lasts. Kahn says there are three critical X-factors that give one side all the betting value. You can see his picks, including his prediction on how long the fight lasts, right here.
Who wins Whyte vs. Povetkin? How long does the fight last? And what are the critical X-factors that make one side a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Peter Kahn's best bet for Saturday, all from the fight game manager who's 18-0 on boxing picks since the sport returned, and find out.