Dillian Whyte is adamant that he can still compete with the best despite losing to Tyson Fury in his long-awaited world title bout.
Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs) was the first to admit that boxing changed his life. From a difficult childhood in Jamaica to a violent adulthood on the streets of Brixton, the brawling heavyweight boxer opened up about the sport as his savior.
Despite now having three losses on his record, he still reiterates his love for the game. Betting.
“The flame that keeps on burning in combat sports has given me the buzz to change my life. It gives me the buzz to put down the weapon. Combat sport has allowed me to change my life and become a better, greater man. It gives me a meaning, and to me that’s what’s really important.”
His most recent loss was at the hands of ‘King Gypsy’ in April this year. Whyte admits it’s “skillful” – although he thinks it depends on Fury’s size rather than skill or speed. He was knocked out in the sixth round after an all-out punch.
“I still have time and I am still young enough to correct my mistakes and stand there and have a very good chance of becoming a world heavyweight champion.
The fight with Fury is a tough one. I knew it was going to be a tough fight because he was so big. People say he’s fast and a great fighter but he’s not, he’s just a big guy. During the fight, he just pushed me through because he was a strong person. That’s because he’s so big because I’m not someone who gets pushed around easily.”
‘The Bodysnatcher’ returns to the ring this weekend against undefeated American, Jermaine Franklin. He will be hoping for a win to come back with a title in 2023. If he does, a rematch against British rival Anthony Joshua is likely to await.