#Betting101: Browne Carries Value in Bout vs. Whyte

Jason Lake

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 8:14 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 8:14 PM UTC

While everyone talks about Mayweather-McGregor, there are two bona fide crossover artists we can put in Saturday’s boxing picks: Dillian Whyte and Lucas Browne.

#Betting101: Dillian Whyte vs. Lucas BrowneFree Boxing Pick: Browne +307Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Is this real life? Floyd Mayweather Jr. might indeed be preparing for an MMA bout against Conor McGregor, which would book-end last year’s boxing match between the two fighters. Suffice to say, Mayweather faces the more difficult transition. But why talk about hypothetical fights when we’ve got a real-life dual champion in the ring Saturday? Dillian Whyte, who competed in MMA and won multiple titles in kickboxing, will defend the WBC Silver heavyweight belt against Lucas Browne at the O2 Arena in London. It’s the main event of this week’s "Boxing After Dark" broadcast on HBO (6:00 p.m. ET).

Whyte (22-1, 16 KOs) isn’t the only crossover artist in this bout. Browne (25-0, 22 KOs) also competed in MMA and kickboxing, and he took the WBA (Regular) heavyweight title off Ruslan Chagaev in 2016, only to give it back after testing positive for clenbuterol. As we go to press, Whyte is a -366 favorite on the boxing odds board after opening at around -300 two months ago. There was a burst of early action on Browne, though. Will he get his “redemption” on Saturday?

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We put that word in quotes because it’s hard to tell what the story is with Browne. He was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing after his test results were thrown out and was given a chance to fight for the newly vacant WBA title, but that fight didn’t happen. Browne failed a second drug test, which he blamed on a legal pre-workout supplement.

Whyte has been there. He tested positive for methylhexanamine after reportedly consuming a sports drink in 2012. But that was early in his career; since then, Whyte has climbed to seventh on the heavyweight rankings at The Ring. Browne does not appear on that list. You’ll find him at No. 15 over at BoxRec, six spots behind Whyte at No. 9.

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Browne's KO over Chagaev really can't be understated. Not a prime Ruslan, but he was incredibly tough, went 12 with PEDvetkin, stopped on his stool against Wladimir. Browne showed a lot in that fight. A legitimate puncher, and fundamentally, Whyte is no better than him.

— Mikey (@AnalyseBoxing) March 19, 2018

This is the talent-thin heavyweight division, though, and a secondary heavyweight belt they’re fighting over, so let’s not get too carried away here. Whyte checks in at No. 190 on the pound-for-pound rankings at BoxRec; Browne is No. 304. Neither man is made of titanium, in other words. Still, Browne appears to be undervalued after fighting just once since his win over Chagaev, so let’s put a ha’penny or two on the undefeated challenger. That’s #Betting101.

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