DILLIAN WHYTE has recovered from a shoulder injury, linked up with a new trainer and is raring to go in his bout on Saturday night (June 25) on the Anthony Joshua-Dominic Breazeale undercard.
“Mark [Tibbs, his new trainer] is teaching me to sit down more on my punches and to rip them in. It’s good. I’m trying to use more this power I have in my body,” Dillian told Boxing News.
Explaining why he left Johnathon Banks, he said, “I need somebody focused on me, who can give me the time. That was the main reason for the move.”
His British title clash in December with Anthony Joshua was an exciting rumble. Tempers boiled over after the first round. “Joshua hit me after the bell, two punches after the bell and it kicked off. This is boxing. If you’re going to hit somebody after the bell, then there’s a high chance it will kick off and that’s what happened,” Whyte recalled. “It’s a fight. Everybody’s on edge. Anything abnormal happens then everybody piles in. This is boxing. That’s how it goes.”
Dillian came back into the fight in the second round. “I didn’t let him off the hook, I caught him and my shoulder popped out. I caught him, my shoulder went and then it was downhill from there. My coach tried to pull me out at the start of the third round but I said no. I would go out and fight and give the fans a good fight and do what I do,” Whyte said.
“The rematch is always there and it’s something I’ll always want but my life and my career doesn’t revolve around him. But I definitely want to fight him and bust his head that’s that. I’ve got a bright future.
“It’s a great thing to have chances and options in life. It could be nine months, it could be 12 months, who knows?”
But he points out that Joshua isn’t the only world champion out there. “All those fights are a possibility. There’s Deontay Wilder, there’s Tyson Fury,” he said. “Having two champions in this country has opened things up, more chance for big fights.”
He is determined to move to world level but there could be appealing fights along the way. David Price is back on the scene. “David’s done what he’s always done. A little bit skittish, a little bit scared, but he landed the punch. He’s always been a big puncher but it’s not his punch that’s been in question it’s his heart and his courage. Once again he was a little bit shy, when the guy was throwing he was tentative,” Dillian commented. “They’re big fights.”
Whyte pulls even fewer metaphorical punches when discussing Dereck Chisora. “Dereck’s just an idiot. The guy is deluded. If you look up deluded in a dictionary you’ll see Dereck there. Dereck’s a clown. Dereck’s got problems. He thought his fight with [Kubrat] Pulev was a good fight,” Dillian declared. “He just needs to have a fight with somebody that’s going to go out there, knock him out and then he’ll call it a day and I think that person is me.”