Dillian Whyte – The Journey Ahead
Ever since that memorable domestic dust-up against fellow countryman Anthony Joshua, Brixton’s heavyweight brawler Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte has catapulted right back into the Domestic as well as World Heavyweight scene and has proved to be a force to be reckoned with.
Having most recently knocking Australian puncher Lucas Browne out within 6 rounds, he has rightfully earned his place as the World Boxing Council’s number one contender and is now banging the drum over a huge Heavyweight showdown with the WBC World Heavyweight Champion – Deontay Wilder.
Although Whyte has set his heart on a clash with Deontay Wilder, he has also admitted that he would fight absolutely anybody in the division, proving that he is part of quite a rare breed of fighters. Following on from his most recent victory against the former WBA World Heavyweight Champion Lucas Browne, ‘The Body Snatcher’ was not short of conversation during his post-fight interview, with this proving to be very entertaining listening for his own fans.
Whyte is currently under a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, and he has been provided with a number of very good opportunities which have put him in the very comfortable position that he is in as of this moment in time.
His first big test under Matchroom came when he took on the ever popular and ever tough David ‘The White Rhino’ Allen over 10 rounds back in the fall of 2016. It was a shutout victory for Whyte who won unanimously on all three of the scoring judges’ cards.
Whyte was provided with a shot at the prestigious British Heavyweight Championship just a few months after his victory over Dave Allen, when he boxed the awkward fellow Brixton bomber Ian Lewison. The 12 rounder took place at the SSE Hydro in the heart of Glasgow, and once again it turned out to be a routine victory for ‘The Body Snatcher’, as he stopped a brave Ian Lewison in the tenth. Dillian Whyte was the British Champion, but his own career ambitions were aimed way higher than this.
Dillian Whyte was wasting no time, and just two months after becoming British Heavyweight Champion, he was to match up with the very tough and agile Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora. The build-up to the bout never failed to impress, but when the two men met inside the ring, a modern day classic ensued.
For 12 rounds, both Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora traded extremely hurtful blows back and forth, and provided one of the greatest heavyweight match-ups that British boxing had ever seen. Whyte would go on to pick up the victory, but in extremely close fashion. The score cards read 115-113 and 115-114 in favour of Whyte, with Judge Steve Gray scoring it 115-114 in favour of ‘Del Boy’. It was very close on all three cards, however it was felt that ‘The Body Snatcher’ had done just enough to pick up the victory.
After an 8 month break and a brief tune-up bout against Malcolm Tann, which Whyte won via third round TKO, Whyte’s attention turned to Robert Helenius, known as ‘The Nordic Nightmare’. The bout would fall on Anthony Joshua’s first World Title defence against Carlos Takam at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. The bout between Whyte and Helenius would be for the vacant WBC Silver Heavyweight Championship, as well as a chance to move into contention to face the WBC World Champion, Deontay Wilder.
The fight would end up going the scheduled 12 rounds, with Whyte winning yet another shutout Unanimous Decision, picking up the WBC Silver Heavyweight Title and moving ever closer to challenging for that World Title.
After plenty of speculation as to who Dillian Whyte’s next opponent would be, it was announced at the start of 2018 that he would take on former World Champion Lucas Browne, an extremely hard puncher who would be travelling all the way from Australia in an opportunity for Browne that could see him recapture a high ranking with one of the leading governing bodies.
The build-up was very entertaining, with both men trading a number of verbal blows throughout press conferences, open workouts and the final weigh-in. The fight took place on Saturday 24th March at the 02 Arena in London, a second home for Whyte.
However, to many people’s disappointment, Browne struggled from the very first bell and the home favourite Whyte took control. It was only a matter of time before ‘The Body Snatcher’ would step it up a notch. That moment came in the 6th round when a crushing left hook landed on Lucas Browne, knocking him out cold with the referee waving the contest off immediately.
A great victory for Dillian, and once again the speculation as to who he would be facing next began almost straight away. In his post-fight interview, he made everyone aware that he wanted to box WBC World Heavyweight Champion, Deontay Wilder, however once again Whyte made his intentions very clear that he was afraid of nobody and that he would take on whoever was put in front of him.
But who could actually be next? Let’s take a look…
Following on from his chilling knockout win over David Price just last weekend, the experienced Russian puncher Alexander ‘Sasha’ Povetkin proved that he was very much still a dominant force in the World Heavyweight scene. Whyte was in attendance for this bout and after the fight had ended, he spoke live on Sky Sports Box Office and said he would welcome a challenge from Povetkin. However ‘Sasha’, who is the number 1 ranked contender with the WBA and the WBO, said that he is only interested in boxing Anthony Joshua. Could Eddie Hearn lure Povetkin into a Heavyweight showdown with Whyte? Or is Povetkin firmly set on becoming World Heavyweight Champion once again?
It was revealed earlier on in the week that the IBF had ordered Dillian Whyte vs. Kubrat Pulev as a final eliminator for the IBF World Heavyweight Championship, which is help by the formidable Anthony Joshua.
As we all know, Whyte and Joshua are former foes and go a long way go back, even to their amateur days. We was also very close to seeing Kubrat Pulev face ‘AJ’ back in October last year, however Pulev unfortunately pulled out at a weeks’ notice due to injury. Pulev, who’s only loss comes at the hands of all-time great Heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko, has claimed that he would still like to face Joshua at some point in the future, however he might only get to do this if he comes through a bout with ‘The Body Snatcher’.
Could we be likely to see Whyte vs. Pulev up next for a chance to face ‘AJ’? Whyte has already spoken out following the IBF ordering this bout and has of course welcomed the challenge.
One thing we do know about Dillian Whyte is that he is a warrior, and he will literally fight anyone.
News is expected very soon as to what Whyte’s next challenge will be, and there is no doubt in my mind that it will be an entertaining one.
Pulev? Povetkin? Or somebody else? Regardless of who it might be, this should not define Whyte and we should very much expect ‘The Body Snatcher’ to perform at a World Class level once again, seeing him take another important step in becoming Heavyweight Champion of the World.
By Kailem Sims