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Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Whyte could give Helenius a Halloween nightmare

Taylor ready for world title

Dillian Whyte (left) and Robert Helenius
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Fans shelling out cash for the Sky pay-per-view may witness a fairly one-sided main event, but at least the undercard features plenty of top-notch action.

Dillian Whyte, the raw-but-powerful Londoner who gave Anthony Joshua the first big scare of his career a couple of years ago, takes on 'The Nordic Nightmare' Robert Helenius in what could be a thriller, with the winner in line to face WBC champion Deontay Wilder early next year.


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Helenius has plenty of experience at European level and is best known for a controversial split-decision victory over Dereck Chisora in 2011. 

Whyte had a war with Chisora last year, also winning a split decision, but he is the fighter in the ascendency and should get the victory. He is 4-6 to win by KO but better value could be to back him to stop Helenius in the second half of the fight as the huge Finn could take some chopping down.

Irish Olympic star Katie Taylor should win a world title at the first attempt but bookies may be wrong to make her 4-9 to win by KO against Argentinian lightweight Anahi Esther Sanchez. 

Taylor has four KOs from her six pro fights, while Sanchez has been stopped only once in 19 fights and has been the ten two-minute rounds distance several times. Sanchez failed to make weight so won't get the belt if she wins, but that shouldn't bother her once the first bell goes.

Kal Yafai defends his WBA super-flyweight title against Japan's Sho Ishida and while both men are undefeated he is unlikely to have many problems. 

This is Ishida's first fight outside Japan and it's a massive step up in standard. He is rated as only the fifth-best super-flyweight in Japan by boxrec.com because of the poor quality of his opponents.

Yafai is a strong fighter and looks decent value to get the stoppage.

Recommendations
D Whyte in rounds seven to 12
1pt 2-1 Coral, Ladbrokes
K Taylor on points
1pt 9-4 Coral, Ladbrokes, Sky Bet
K Yafai by KO or TKO
1pt 10-11 general


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Helenius has plenty of experience at European level and is best known for a controversial split-decision victory over Dereck Chisora in 2011
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