AS Dillian Whyte extinguished one rivalry on Saturday night at the O2 he rekindled another. He ended another brutal brawl with Dereck Chisora courtesy of an almighty left hook in the 11th round. It was a grim knockout but his fellow Londoner recovered to leave the ring on his own steam.
The two have had plenty of run ins, not only their exciting contests but outside of the ring too. Chisora notoriously threw a table at Whyte before their first fight and even at their latest weigh-in the two camps had to be kept apart as a scuffle threatened to break out. But finally the spite has subsided. Whyte even sat down backstage with Chisora after their last contest.
“Everyone loves a knockout but I was a bit worried. I thought maybe he wasn’t going to get up again,” said Whyte. “What a tough man, what a brave man as well. To come back from defeat so many times and keep rising back to the top. Credit to him where it’s due.