Heavy Duty Undercard – Whyte Vs Minto, Ryan Vs Hibbert – Previews and Predictions.

On the undercard of Sky Sports and Matchroom Promotions heavy duty features Anthony Joshua’s domestic rival Dillian Whyte as Eddie Hearn looks to build the fight between Joshua and Whyte with a December 12 slot already booked for the British Heavyweight Title if both win.

Matchoom promotions Eddie Hearn will be hoping Whyte can look good against former prizefighter contestant and veteran Brian Minto. Also on the card is a 3rd fight between John Wayne Hibbert and Dave Ryan who put on a spectacle back in May on the Kell Brook Vs Frankie Gavin Sky Box Office show. Heavy Duty starts at 8pm of Sky Sports 1.

Dillian Whyte Vs Brian Minto. 

Dillian Whyte may have one eye on Anthony Joshua as he takes on Brian Minto, Whyte beat Joshua in the amateurs back in 2009 and after returning last year from a ban for a failed drugs test in 2o12, he has targeted Joshua, claiming to be the man that can beat the ‘fake’ heavyweight.

First he has to get past Minto, who is experienced and has been in with some respectable opposition in a 50 fight career and certainly can’t be regarded as an easy out. He has shown to be a tough man, it’s taken some good fighters to stop him, Marco Huck, Chris Arreola and more recently prospect Joseph Parker, who took 7 rounds.

If Whyte blasts Minto out early doors then it would be an impressive statement, however Whyte will certainly come forward looking for it. I think it will take him about 5-6 rounds to get to Minto who will likely spend all his time looking to box on the back foot and evade. There really isn’t much value looking at the market in this fight the best bet I can see is at Sky Bet who have under 6 rounds at evens, but that could be close.


BETTING TIP: £20 on Under 6 rounds 1/1 Sky Bet

Dave Ryan Vs John Wayne Hibbert

These two fighters will meet for a 3rd time with Dave Ryan winning both previous encounters, the first encounter in 2013 was a 10 rounder which ended in a close 97-95 points win for Ryan.

The second encounter was in May of this year for Ryan’s commonwealth super lightweight title, after an enthralling too and throw encounter which saw Hibbert drop Ryan twice in the first half of the fight, Ryan’s physical strength prevailed, stopping a tired and gassed Hibbert in the 9th round.

I can see a similar outcome despite having backed Hibbert last time out, Ryan looked too fit and too strong for John Wayne Hibbert and I expect him to prevail again, out-hustling Hibbert down the stretch.

It is a tough fight to bet, despite being stopped last time out Hibbert clearly had his man hurt so you can’t completely discount him winning this, it is one of those fights where it’s hard to eliminate any of the outcomes happening. There is a market I like however – Paddy Power have a knockdown market and have Hibbert to be knocked down at 6/4 and Ryan to be knocked down at 15/8, I expect one these fighters if not both to score a knockdown.

I am going to straddle the knockdown market, its a bit a wimpy bet as the profits are small if only one fighter suffers a knockdown, you really need both to get knocked down to get any real meat on it, but the risk is small in my opinion. If the fight is anything like the last one we will certainly see a knockdown.


BETTING TIP: £10 on Hibbert to be knocked down 6/4, £10 on Ryan to be knocked down at 15/8.