Posts Tagged ‘Dillian Whyte’

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Dillian Whyte needed to make a statement in his HBO debut. He did that by dominating Lucas Browne and leaving the towering Australian motionless face-down on the canvas via a flush left hook in round six.

Any thought of this fight being competitive ceased after the opening round. Browne looked out of shape and sluggish at 264 pounds, his highest weight in three years. Whyte got off first with the jab, dominated inside with uppercuts, and knocked Browne backwards with clubbing overhand rights. Browne’s face opening up quickly with blood gushing from his nose to accompany two swollen eyes and cuts.

The fight should have stopped at the end of the fifth. Browne’s corner opted to send him out for another beating and Whyte put him flat on his face with a left hook.

With the impressive win, Whyte aims to become the mandatory for Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title. Whyte did his part by profusely calling out Wilder in his post-fight interview.

Wilder is holding out hope to face unified WBA/IBF champion Anthony Joshua, who has his own business to handle March 31 when he takes on WBO title-holder Joseph Parker. But should that Joshua-Wilder not happen, Whyte would be a more high-profile and lucrative option for Wilder than his other proposed opponent, Dominic Breazeale.

The win improves Whyte’s record to 23-1 while Browne suffers his first career defeat at 38 years old, falling to 25-1.

 

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Dillian was the perfect fight at this stage… I knew I had the strength to knock him out. – ANTHONY JOSHUA

LONDON — Anthony Joshua overcame his first test as a pro by withstanding an early scare to stop rival Dillian Whyte at the O2 Arena.

Joshua started fast and hurt Whyte with a left hook. Joshua dominated the first but ignited a brawl by hitting Whyte after the bell, causing security to fill the ring after Whyte retaliated. In the second, Whyte delivered a receipt by wobbling Joshua and hurting him with body shots. The punishment had Johsua breathing heavily through the third round.

Joshua regained momentum in the fourth by getting off first with his offense. Whyte remained competitive, but couldn’t find the consistent range from his earlier body assault nor his jab to get inside. By the end of the fifth, Whyte was fatigued.

Joshau controlled most of the sixth and handled a late rally from Whyte. In the seventh, Whyte was staggered by a right hand and dropped viciously by a right uppercut. The referee stopped the contest without a count.

The grudge match win for Joshua avenges an amateur loss to Whyte and improves his record to 15-0 (15 KOs). It is also the first time Joshua has gone beyond three rounds. Whyte falls to 16-1 (13 KOs). This was his first fight beyond four rounds.

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Great win for Joshua. He overcame a shaky second round and some stamina issues to settle down and take over the bout. There is a lot of work ahead before we see him in with the heavyweight elite. Guys like Tyson Fury, and even David Haye (who was ringside and stated his desire to face Joshua in 2016), should not be on the agenda for the next 12-18 months. Joshua was way too robotic in there at times, abandoned his jab for stretches, and lacked competent head movement. If he hopes to become a champion, those are glaring issues that need addressing.

 

Joshua-v-Whyte

The future of the UK heavyweight scene hangs in the balance when Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte face off on December 12.

Joshua feels the bout will be “light work,” while Whyte taunts his rival about how he beat him in 2009 as amateurs. Whyte also insists that the dislike is genuine, calling Joshua a “scumbag.”