FOR Dillian Whyte, there have been no available shortcuts en route to a shot at a world heavyweight title. There have instead been detours, plenty of them, as well as roadblocks, checkpoints and speed bumps. There have been cars overtaking him and forlorn glances out the window as they pass. Forget movement. This year has, for Whyte, felt like one prolonged pitstop.
Thankfully, on Saturday (July 20) in London, with fresh tyres and impetus, the ‘Body Snatcher’ finally pulls away to meet Colombia’s Oscar Rivas on what he hopes will be the final lap. Checkered flag in sight, he’s within touching distance of a world title and, better yet, is powered by newfound relevance following recent events.
On June 1, Whyte, like the rest of the world, rubbernecked the scene of Anthony Joshua’s crash by the side of the road. A total write-off, he rued not getting there first, before Andy Ruiz Jnr, and wondered what the catastrophe meant for their long-running rivalry, one meant to continue this year at Wembley Stadium. As Whyte pulled away, he then allowed himself to smile. Told you so, he would have thought. Serves you right.