News | Jul 27 2018

Dillian Whyte: ‘You’ve got to play the hand you’re dealt’

Life has been a series of long, hard fights for Dillian Whyte. But he has no intention of slowing down or backing off, writes John Dennen
Dillian Whyte
Dillian Whyte v Joseph Parker Press Conference  |  Action Images/Peter Cziborra

DILLIAN WHYTE seems weary. He’s been fighting his whole life. From a rough childhood, to a kickboxing career and then boxing itself. He’s been working his way up, rebuilding after defeat to Anthony Joshua, winning the British title, earning his place high in the rankings. Yet still his world title shot remains elusive. He has once again one more one last fight before he gets to world championship level.

He leans forward, resting his thick arms on the table in front of him. He might not be tired but perhaps he is frustrated. “I don’t know. My last fight was supposed to be my last fight before I got a world title shot. I don’t know. I have no idea. We’ll see. One would think but we’ll see what happens,” he said. “It’s been frustrating because everyone’s had their shot apart from me. Everyone that started out at the same time as me, roughly the same, they’ve all had their shot apart from me. But it is what it is. Life is like a poker, you’ve got to play the hand you’ve been dealt. I can’t cry about it. My mum says don’t cry over spilt milk, clean it up and move on. So that’s the mindset I have literally. Things will work out.”

Defeat to Joseph Parker on Saturday night at the O2 arena in London, while a real possibility, would be disastrous. Their fight is topping the bill and has been made a pay-per-view, not ideal for fans but lucrative for the fighters.