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Whyte vs Browne: Predictions from our experts, plus a few special guests
Last Updated: 24/03/18 9:14pm
Is Dillian Whyte too skilful or will Lucas Browne prove too powerful?
The heavyweights collide on Saturday, live on Sky Sports, with a world title opportunity likely for the winner.
We asked our experts who they expect to prevail…
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Lucas is a good guy. We sparred, he's been doing well, so it will be a good fight. Him and Dillian will be an amazing fight.
If someone is going to get knocked out, Dillian will get knocked out.
You might be winning all 11 rounds, but when he hits you, he hits you. Even when he boxed [Richard] Towers, Towers was winning the fight, and then suddenly he knocked him out. He's got a power punch on him.
The fight will be amazing. In the heavyweight game, it's 50-50. Dillian Whyte hasn't got a power punch. We know Lucas Browne has got a power punch. If someone is going to get knocked out, Dillian will get knocked out. If it goes to points, I think Dillian wins it on points.
Whyte needs to do a proper job here. Give Browne credit because even if it was just the 'regular' title, he has been a world heavyweight champion. He looks tough and should be a proper test for Whyte.
Given the age and experience advantages Whyte has, I think we could see him see Browne off with a late stoppage.
If Whyte wins this it should give him a world title attempt, but the one thing he needs to do is impress people. I can see Whyte being in charge and, given the age and experience advantages he has, I think we could see him see Browne off with a late stoppage.
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I hope Dillian boxes at range because he is the quicker guy, the better athlete and the more complete fighter. Dillian needs to get Browne's respect very early because, if he doesn't, he will be made to pay.
Dillian won't have the power to stop him. I have a bad feeling about Dillian after eight rounds. I think Browne's pressure might be too much. I hope I'm wrong.
I have a bad feeling about Dillian after eight rounds.
I don't necessarily think Dillian will get knocked out, but I have worries about what might happen after eight rounds. Either Browne outlasts him and stops him late, or Dillian wins on points.
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I would edge towards Dillian. For the simple reason that he's got youth on his side and he's also got momentum and form.
One of them could turn it on its head and decide to just box and not stand toe to toe.
One of them could turn it on its head and decide to just box and not stand toe to toe. If you get in the ring and are expecting someone to come at you, and they turn it on its head - you are second guessing. I think one of them might employ that tactic, instead of going in all guns blazing. I think Whyte on points, that's what I am leaning towards.
I am going for Whyte. He was a late starter and his technique and skill-set are getting better as he goes up the rankings.
Whyte isn't a one-shot heavy hitter so I don't see him knocking Browne out, but he does have heart
Whyte isn't a one-shot heavy hitter so I don't see him knocking Browne out, but he does have heart and he does have the will to win. Whyte does what he needs to win. I am going for the 'Body Snatcher' on points.
Dillian can make this a difficult or an easy fight for himself. He can out-box Browne but will make it hard if he gets involved in a tear-up. Whyte could get knocked out because Browne is tough, and can dig.
Whyte can out-box Browne but will make it hard if he gets involved in a tear-up.
If Dillian gets pressurised by the crowd, he can be talked into a tear-up and that would be a mistake. What's most important? His end-game is a crack at the world title.
Whyte has a longer reach and he should use it. Whyte will win on points.
Dillian will win on points. He's too fit, too fresh. Browne is an old man - he can punch but, if you're just looking for one big punch against a good fighter, you won't find it.
Browne can punch but, if you're just looking for one big punch against a good fighter, you won't find it.
Whyte is good, and people underestimate him. He is a smart fighter. I boxed him - I thought he wasn't very good but I underestimated him, and he's improved tenfold since.
If this was Browne straight after his [Ruslan] Chagaev fight then he'd be the favourite, but it's not. Browne is a fat mess.
Browne has a good win over Chagaev, who wasn't the same as he used to be. Browne was well behind in that fight when he pulled it out of the bag.
Browne is the harder puncher but Whyte is the better technician.
Whyte doesn't have a win of that level - his best win is a split-decision over Dereck Chisora.
Browne is the harder puncher but Whyte is the better technician. It's a good blend. Whyte will weather the storm that will come his way, and win on points, but there won't be much in it.
Whyte to win, either late in the fight or points. He will slow Browne down by the middle rounds and work away with body shots throughout.
Whyte will slow Browne down by the middle rounds and work away with body shots throughout.
Whyte has had good fights with AJ and Chisora among others, now he is ready to do a good job on Browne.
Watch Dillian Whyte against Lucas Browne, on Saturday, March 24 at The O2, live from 7pm on Sky Sports Action.