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.
WBC creates ‘frontline’ championship belt for Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr., will also handle fight scoring
Despite being an exhibition bout, there will be a championship belt on the line when Mike Tyson returns to the ring to battle fellow former champion Roy Jones Jr. The WBC has created a “Frontline championship” that will be awarded to the winner of the fight, which has been titled the “Frontline Battle.”
Tyson, 54, and Jones, 51, are set to meet on Nov. 28 on pay-per-view. While the fight will be overseen by the California State Athletic Commission, the bout will be scored by a panel of three champions using the WBC’s remote scoring program, according to a press release.
CSAC executive director Andy Foster has insisted that the fight will be stopped if either man suffers a cut and that both Tyson and Jones should not be looking to score a knockout.
“I wanted to have their assurances that they understand, ‘I don’t care if they spar. I don’t care if they work.’ They are world-class athletes, even still,” Foster told BoxingScene.com in July. “They have a right to earn, and all these types of things. They’re about the same age. We can’t mislead the public as to this is some kind of real fight. They can get into it a little bit, but I don’t want people to get hurt. They know the deal.
“It’s an exhibition. They can exhibit their boxing skills, but I don’t want them using their best efforts to hurt each other. They’re going to spar hard, but they shouldn’t be going for a knockout. This isn’t a record-book type of fight. This is not world-championship boxing right now. It’s not what this is. People shouldn’t be getting knocked out. The public can see what kind of shape Roy and Mike are still in.”
YouTube star Jake Paul will fight former NBA player Nate Robinson in the night’s other featured bout, with former world champion Badou Jack also taking on Blake McKernan on the pay-per-view main card.
A press conference will be held for the event at 1 p.m. ET on Oct. 29.
Rishabh Pant omitted from India’s white-ball squads, Varun Chakravarthy in T20I squad
Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been omitted from India’s ODI and T20I squads for the upcoming Australia tour. Rohit Sharma, India’s white-ball vice-captain, who is currently nursing a hamstring injury in the IPL in the UAE, isn’t part of both the squads as well.
Tamil Nadu and Kolkata Knight Riders mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy earned his maiden national call-up on the back of his stellar performances in the ongoing IPL. Varun is the only player with a five-wicket haul so far this season, and in all he is the highest wicket-taker for the Knight Riders with 12 strikes at an excellent economy rate of 7.05.
India’s premier allrounder Hardik Pandya is set to play his first limited-overs international since September 2019. Pandya has undergone a back surgery surge and he returned to action in the IPL though he hasn’t bowled yet this season. According to Zaheer Khan, Mumbai Indians’ director of cricket operations, Pandya was “very keen” to bowl, but the team management has adopted a cautious approach, using him as a specialist batsman.
In the absence of Sharma, KL Rahul, who is captaining Kings XI Punjab, has been named Virat Kohli’s deputy in both the white-ball squads. Rahul is the only wicketkeeper in the ODI squad while India have another wicketkeeping option in Sanju Samson for the T20Is.
Varun, who had turned 29 just before IPL 2020 just August, played only 11 T20s before Monday. However, he has seven variations in his repertoire, and his victims in the IPL include David Warner, MS Dhoni, Pant, and Shreyas Iyer. Varun had also been the second-highest wicket-taker in the 2018-19 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy, with 22 scalps in nine matches at an economy rate of 4.23. However, a finger injury, sustained during his maiden IPL stint with the Kings XI Punjab in 2019, forced him out of action for more than a year.
Despite not playing any competitive cricket for a year, Dinesh Karthik, the former Knight Riders captain and the current Tamil Nadu white-ball captain, punted on him, with the Knight Riders shelling out INR 4 crore (USD 563,000 approx.) to get him on board. Varun has rewarded their faith, stepping up when Sunil Narine was placed on the IPL warning list, before his action was subsequently cleared. Varun’s Knight Riders team-mate Kuldeep Yadav was left out of the T20I squad, but was part of the ODI squad.
Ravindra Jadeja, who was the Chennai Super Kings’ finisher with the bat but struggled with the ball, was picked in both the white-ball squads over Axar Patel. Axar’s economy rate of 5.78 is the third best among bowlers who have bowled at least 25 overs this IPL. Under this condition, only Rashid Khan and Washington Sundar, who features in the T20I squad, have better economy rates.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will lead the seam attacks in both ODIs and T20Is. Fast bowler Navdeep Saini, who had suffered a split webbing in his bowling hand in the fixture against the Super Kings on Sunday, has been named in both squads well. Deepak Chahar is the fourth seamer in the T20I squad, with his Super Kings team-mate taking that spot in the ODI squad.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is currently nursing a thigh injury, will have to wait further for his international comeback. Kumar, who hasn’t played international cricket since December 2019, was set to make that comeback in the home ODI series against South Africa earlier this year before the coronavirus pandemic struck and forced that series to be called off.
Karnataka and Kings XI’s Mayank Agarwal, who found a place in both sides, could be the back-up opener behind Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan. Punjab and Knight Riders’ Shubman Gill wasn’t selected in the T20I squad, but could be another opening option for the ODIs.
Frank Thomas breaks down how Clayton Kershaw worked out of a fourth inning jam during World Series Game 5 using Samsung Galaxy 5G View app
Clayton Kershaw got the win in World Series Game 5 but was tested in the fourth inning. Kershaw worked out of jam to beat the Tampa Bay Rays as the Los Angeles Dodgers took a 3-2 series lead. See how Frank Thomas saw it on the Samsung Galaxy 5G View app, utilizing zoom and multiple angles.