Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin preview and prediction with a solid 6/4 tip
He would say that, of course.
But Dillian has endorsed his promoter's view.
"I had two fights last year but my mind wasn't right. I put weight on. For my last fight I was nearly 20 stone," he said.
"I got myself in shape slowly. And when I'm in shape, you've got problems. I'm ready for chaos and violence."
Povetkin was less verbose.
"Hopefully it will be a great fight in the heavyweight division. I have taken responsibility to train for this fight, understanding how serious it is. I don't like to make predictions - but it will be fireworks."
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It could be - both fighters possess a lethal left hook - but Saturday night's pay per view offering features one fighter still on the rise against another who has had his best days.
That rising star, Whyte, is just 1/4 to prevail with thepools.com.
Povetkin, 1-1-1 from his last three fights, is 7/2 to emerge victorious.
Despite bouncing back from only his second career defeat to Anthony Joshua with a unanimous decision victory over Hughie Fury, the Russian struggled to a draw against the admittedly impressive Michael Hunter after being shaken early on, and was seriously wobbled by David Price in his contest before that.
Whyte has taken three unanimous points decisions in his last four outings so going the distance doesn't worry him.
In fact of Whyte’s last eight wins, only three have been by stoppage.
If you take the seventh round stoppage by Joshua out of the equation, four of Povetkin’s last five bouts have also gone the full 12 rounds.
Both fighters are cute enough to stay out of trouble in the early stages so backing the fight to go the distance, with Whyte prevailing, is the way to go. That is a 6/4 tip with thepools.com
Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon, meanwhile, produced a classic contest in front of an enthralled Madison Square Garden sell-out last summer.
Taylor prevailed, just, the judges going 95-95 and 96-94 twice leaving Persoon complaining she had been robbed.
This week she continued: "In New York, for us, it was not the correct decision. Everybody thinks I won. It's good there is a rematch."
Persoon is a big 7/2 with thepools.com to triumph in that rematch, with Katie Taylor a very skinny 2/7 .
The Belgian is the bigger girl and used her size and strength to bully Taylor at times in New York, but with that experience under her belt Taylor is backed to use her superior technical ability to prevail on points - a route she has taken in seven of her last nine wins.
That outcome is 1/2 with the pools.com .