Tyson Fury has weighed in on this weekend’s upcoming heavyweight clash between Dillian Whyte and Jermaine Franklin – and believes Whyte could be in for a tough night of work.
angry said sports news that, while Franklin is probably less effective than ‘King Gypsy’ himself, he has the attributes to cause Whyte problems, as long as he’s engaged with the game plan and output suitable for their abilities.
“Jermaine is a great fighter, but he is like many other American heavyweights in that he is lazy. He worked hard, he trained hard, he was pushed by coaches and nutritionists – they all pushed him to the brink. But if you drop me into the gym, you don’t have to force me to work out hard because I’ll pay you 250% each time.”
“When Franklin opened up, he was a very talented guy. He throws punches in bursts, very fast, and he’s a strong man – about 6 feet-2 tall and 255 pounds. As soon as he entered camp with me, he made eight rounds.
“I don’t think it’s inappropriate, it’s just that Dillian Whyte is a good fighter. He’s a top 5, top 6 heavyweight boxer, even though he’s been through a lot of tough fights. Franklin is definitely the newer boxer, so if he’s busy punching punches, getting good work speed, and moving his head, then I think it could be a tough night for Dillian.
Few better places to analyze a Dillian Whyte match than Fury, who knocked out ‘The Bodysnatcher’ in six rounds when the pair met earlier this year at Wembley Stadium.
The fight against Franklin will be Whyte’s first time in the ring since his meeting with Fury, and The British will be looking to avoid any hiccups as he looks to secure another major battle in 2023.