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Dillian Whyte eyes world title


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Dillian Whyte announced yesterday that he will be taking on Mariusz Wach on June 3rd at The O2 in London.

The Brixton ‘Body Snatcher’ is currently ranked as Britain’s second best heavyweight by boxing authority Boxrec, just behind IBF World Champion Anthony Joshua, the only man who has ever beaten Whyte.

Whyte made a notable move up the rankings, in the eyes of many boxing fans and pundits, when David Haye failed to beat Tony Bellew in their domestic super-fight in March.

In conjunction with his record of 20 wins and only one loss, this put Whyte well and truly on the proverbial map. He’s looking to compete for world honours though it’s easily argued he might not be up to the standard required for a world heavyweight championship. Some fortuitous match making might be needed for Whyte to claim a belt.

In a statement released by his promoters, Matchroom Boxing, Whyte said:

“I want to fight for a World title in the next year. I’m in a good position to be in with my rankings but I know that Wach is a dangerous customer and can ruin my dreams.”

Wach is perhaps best known for taking Wladimir Klitschko 12 rounds before losing in the decision. He does represent a step up in many ways for Whyte and certainly manifests a statement of intent to take to a more international stage.

Whyte commended his opponent’s experience and seems well aware of the threat he could present come fight night:

“He’s challenged for a World title and he’s the man who gave Klitschko problems and put up a good fight against Alexander Povetkin too – two of the best fighters we’ve had in the past 10 years. It shows how tough he is. He just beat Erkan Teper as well so it’s a very tough test.”

Whyte’s last fight was a split-decision points victory over Dereck Chisora. The fight was roundly heralded as an exciting spectacle but could equally as justly been deemed a draw. Some even argued for a Chisora victory. While Whyte was more skilful at range there was ultimately very little to split the two.  

Whyte argued: “After my last fight, I could have fought Chisora again but I want to move onwards and upwards and I believe this is a couple of levels above Chisora”.

He’s probably right, but on the night Dillian Whyte himself was not ‘a couple of levels above Chisora’ and - while he may well beat an ageing Mariusz Wach - there seems little long term potential for Whyte as a world champion.

Could he achieve it though? Is there a feasible way for Whyte to claim a world heavyweight title?

There may well be. In June Shannon Briggs and Fres Oquendo go toe to toe for the vacant WBA Heavyweight Title. Briggs is an ex-Champion but he’s 45 and will likely be limited in the ring as a result. He takes on 44-year-old Fres Oquendo.

Whichever of these ageing contenders takes the belt, Whyte would certainly be able to compete with them over 12 rounds. If he can keep winning and promote himself proficiently then – when the chance comes around - he may be chosen to fight for the belt. 

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