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Dillian Whyte
Dillian whyte press.jpg
Whyte in 2018
Born (1988-04-11) 11 April 1988 (age 31)
Port Antonio, Portland,
Other names
  • The Villain[1]
  • The Body Snatcher[2]
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)[4]
Reach78 in (198 cm)[4]
Fighting out ofBrixton, London, England
Years active
  • 2008 (MMA)
  • 2011–present (Boxing)
Professional boxing record
By knockout18
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 15 May 2019

Dillian Whyte (born 11 April 1988) is a British professional boxer. He won the interim WBC heavyweight title in July 2019, but was provisionally suspended on 30 July pending an investigation by the WBC for an alleged failed drug test prior to his fight with Óscar Rivas.[5] He has held multiple regional heavyweight championships, including the WBC Silver title from 2017 to 2019, the WBO International title from 2018 to 2019, and the British title from 2016 to 2017. As of June 2019, Whyte is ranked as the world's fifth best active heavyweight by The Ring magazine and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and sixth by BoxRec. His knockout-to-win ratio stands at 72%.

Whyte is also a former kickboxing champion,[6] having held the BIKMA British super-heavyweight title[7] and the European K1 title,[1] and has competed professionally in mixed martial arts.[8]

Early life

Whyte was born in Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica, on 11 April 1988. In the 1990s, Whyte moved with his family [1] to the United Kingdom at 12 years of age.[9] His paternal grandfather was an Irishman named Patrick Whyte, who emigrated to Jamaica from Dublin, Ireland.[10][11] Of his early life Whyte has spoken of performance in academia at school in England, while adding: "I had no schooling at all when I lived in Jamaica." [1] Whyte grew up in Brixton, Lambeth and fought at Miguel's Boxing Gym.[12][13] He had spoken of the influencing experience boxing has had upon his early life, by stating: "I didn't do too well at school, to be honest, but boxing saved me and changed my life. And it was going well, because I knew it was my best chance in life." [14]

Professional kickboxing career

Originally, Whyte was a professional kickboxer,[15] to which he became two-time British heavyweight kickboxing champion by claiming the BIKMA Super Heavyweight British Championship title,[1][7][14] and one-time European K1 champion,[1][16] while being ranked UK #1 for five years in his weight category of 95 kg +,[1] ending his kickboxing career with a K-1 record of 20–1, before then turning to MMA.[17] Whyte made his professional MMA debut on December 6, 2008,[18] at the Ultimate Challenge MMA, on the James McSweeney vs. Neil Grove undercard, where he defeated Mark Stroud with a hugely destructive left hook only 12 seconds into the round;[19] ultimately winning by KO at The Troxy.[20]

Kickboxing highlights

Amateur boxing career

In his first amateur bout, in 2009, aged 20, Whyte beat Anthony Joshua by unanimous decision over three rounds.[23][24][25][26][27][28] He had stated prior to the fight that his trainer Chris Okoh admitted that the decision to agree to the fight was then considered a risk,[29] albeit ultimately accepting the fight to which Whyte had stated, "But I said I'd take it. Sometimes you've just got to take opportunities when they come."[29]

He left one of his amateur opponents in a coma for several weeks, due to a knockout.[30]

Whyte has a limited amateur record because of a dispute with the ABA regarding his kickboxing background, which led him to turn professional in 2011, although trainer Okoh wanted him to remain amateur.[31] Whyte signed with boxing promoter Frank Maloney, after friends of Maloney witnessed sparring sessions Whyte had with David Haye and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson.[31]

Professional boxing career

Early career

Whyte made his professional debut on 13 May 2011. He fought Tayar Mehmed and won via decision in the fourth round, obtaining the decision of 40-36.[32] On 16 September 2011, Whyte made his second professional appearance against his Lithuanian heavyweight journeyman opponent Remigijus Ziausys.[33] Whyte ultimately won by PTS in the fourth round, obtaining the decision of 40-37.[33]

On 3 December 2011 Whyte defeated Croatian Toni Visic, winning by TKO in the third round due to referee Jeff Hinds stopping the fight at 1.46.[34]

The next fight for Whyte was against veteran journeyman Hastings Rasani on 21 January 2012 at the Liverpool Olympia in Liverpool. Whyte scored a fourth round win based on a points decision over Rasani, making it his third win on points.[35]

For his fifth professional bout, Whyte defeated Bulgarian Kristian Kirilov by TKO in the first round at The Troxy, Limehouse on 2 March 2012,[36] which was followed by an additional TKO in his sixth bout in the first round on 19 May 2012 against Georgian Zurab Noniashvili at the Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.[36] Whyte went on to fight Hungarian giant Gabor Farkas at the York Hall, Bethnal Green on 7 July 2012, winning by KO when the referee Ken Curtis stopped the contest in the second round;[37] it marked the first KO victory in Whyte's professional career.[36]

Two months later on 15 September 2012, Whyte challenged former British heavyweight champion Mike Holden to a bout scheduled for six rounds.[38][39] Holden was put down once in the 2nd and twice in the 3rd round, to which referee Jeff Hinds stopped the fight.[36][40] Whyte's last fight of 2012 was against Sandor Balogh, which took place in Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent on the James DeGale undercard when DeGale fought Hadiliah Mohoumadi for the EBU Super Middleweight title on 13 October 2012. Whyte won the bout but was later stripped of the win due to testing positive for banned substances.[41]

Drug ban in 2012

A sample for an in-competition drugs test that Whyte had provided after his victory over Hungary's Sandor Balogh on 13 October was examined and subsequently tested positive for the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine (MHA).[42] The revelation came while Whyte was en route to a news conference to announce a fight for the English title.[36][42] The UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) organisation confirmed that Whyte was provisionally suspended from all competition from 5 November 2012.[36] An independent National Anti-Doping Panel too found that the case warranted a two-year ban.[36] However, Whyte appealed the ban, though the appeal panel retorted by emphasising the confirmed two-year ban; the tribunal had accepted Whyte's claim that he did not knowingly take Methylhexaneamine, but rejected his appeal because he did not do enough to check the supplement's ingredients, as Charles Flint QC, the chairman of the appeal tribunal, explained in his written verdict.[43]

In its first instance decision, the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) found that Whyte failed to seek professional or medical advice before using the supplement Jack3D, which he had bought over the counter from a nutritional supplement shop.[44] Consequently, they stated that he had "failed to discharge the burden of establishing that he was not significantly at fault" and therefore could not reduce his sanction from two years.[45] The appeal panel agreed with this decision, stressing that the case emphasised "the dangers of athletes taking supplements which contain MHA".[44][46]

Whyte was thereby banned from all competitions with a period of ineligibility from 13 October 2012 to 12 October 2014, and the result against Sandor Balogh disqualified.[36][44][47] As Whyte and company exercised the right to appeal under article 13.4.1, they had no further right to appeal under the rules.

Return to boxing in 2014

Whyte was cleared to compete from 12 October 2014,[36] since his two-year ban by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) [44][47] and returned to boxing on 21 November 2014 at the Camden Centre, Kings Cross, London to fight Croatian boxer Ante Verunica,[48] a fight which lasted all of two rounds as Whyte delivered a hard shot that forced a stoppage, from referee Jeff Hinds, and return with a TKO victory.[49][50][51] On 28 November, one week after his fight with Verunica, Whyte returned to the Camden Centre and put on another dominating display stopping Tomas Mrazek,[49] with Whyte knocking the durable Mrazek down three times in the third round.[52]

On 20 December 2014, Whyte scored another TKO win, this time over heavyweight hope Kamil Sokolowski in three rounds in City Hall, Hull, Yorkshire.[53]

Whyte followed up his Sokolowski win with a KO victory over Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento on 7 February 2015 at the Camden Centre, Kings Cross,[54] to which the Brazilian had never been stopped as quickly in his career.[55]

Whyte's next fight after Nascimento was against undefeated Georgian Beka Lobjanidze,[56] which took place on 28 February in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland on the undercard of The World Is Not Enough Belfast boxing card featuring Carl Frampton's defense against Christopher Avalos for the IBF World Super Bantamweight title.[57][58] Whyte scored a fourth round stoppage over Lobjanidze in a scheduled 10-round Heavyweight bout, as Whyte landed a hard left to the side of the head which sent Lobjanidze to the canvas and he was unable to beat referee Phil Edwards' count at 1:10 of round four, and winning by KO.[59][60]

On 1 August 2015, Whyte faced Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior,[61] at the KC Lightstream Stadium, Hull on the undercard of Rumble on the Humber featuring Luke Campbell's clash against Tommy Coyle for the WBC Lightweight title eliminator.[62] Whyte sent the Brazilian crashing backwards to the canvas, and referee Michael Alexander stopped the fight with two minutes forty-one seconds remaining in the first round as Whyte deposited Costa back to the floor by a booming right hand.[63]

Following his victory over Costa Junior,[64] it was announced that Whyte will face American Brian Minto at The O2 Arena for the WBC International Silver Heavyweight title on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's title clash with Gary Cornish on 12 September.[65] He defeated Minto by KO in the third round, having already knocked him down once in the first round en route to finishing the fight.[66]

Whyte vs. Joshua

On 14 September 2015, it was announced that Whyte would fight old rival Anthony Joshua for the vacant British heavyweight title on 12 December at the O2 Arena in London on Sky Sports Box Office.[67][68] Joshua was able to use his power to hurt Whyte in the first round. He appeared hurt again in the second round but was able to catch Joshua with a counterpunch and follow it up, leaving Joshua visibly shaken, Whyte also landed several body shots towards the end of the round that winded Joshua further leaving him much less mobile. This continued somewhat in the third round with Joshua still looking tired and stiff legged. As the rounds went on, Joshua regained his composure and took control. Whyte took many hard shots before coming back with his own, his chin has since been lauded by critics.[69] Whyte was rocked again in the seventh round from a heavy right hand to the temple. Joshua was able to follow through and landed an uppercut that put Whyte down through the ropes and knocked him out.[70]

Regaining composure

Following the loss to Joshua, Whyte spent some time recovering from a shoulder surgery and returned to the boxing ring on Joshua's first world title defence at the O2 Arena on 25 June 2016. Prior to the fight, Whyte signed a deal with Matchroom Sport.[71] Whyte defeated Ivica Bacurin via knockout. Whyte started off slow, before working on the jab and knocking Bacurin out with a right hand.[72]

Whyte next fought at the First Direct arena on 30 July against David Allen for the vacant WBC International heavyweight title. In what was expected to be a tough fight for Whyte, the fight went the full 10 round distance. Whyte won the fight with a comfortable decision win with the judges scoring the fight 99–91, 100–91, and 100–90.[73]

It was announced on 19 September that Whyte would fight domestic veteran Ian Lewison for the vacant British heavyweight title in Glasgow on the undercard of Burns vs. Relikh on 7 October.[74] Whyte and Lewison had to be separated at the weigh-in press conference after Whyte mocked Lewison's weight and grabbed his chest showing off flab. Both fighters promised knockouts.[75] Whyte defeated Lewison to claim the vacant title via a 10th round stoppage victory. The fight was stopped in round 10 by Lewison's corner. It appeared that he had a nose problem that caused the fight to be halted. Although Lewison looked good from the opening bell, Whyte started taking control from round 3 onwards. In round 10, Lewison turned his back to started blowing his nose. Whyte missed with a big right hand. From there on, Lewison started boxing defensively before the fight was eventually stopped, declaring Whyte the winner.[76]

Whyte vs. Chisora

Terms were finally agreed for a fight between Whyte and bitter London rival Dereck Chisora (26-6, 18 KOs) to fight in a WBC title eliminator. Whyte and Chisora had been feuding over the year through social media. The fight took place on Sky Box Office in the UK on the undercard off Anthony Joshua vs. Éric Molina for the IBF heavyweight title.[77] The fight was slated to be Whyte's first defence of the British heavyweight title he won against Lewison. However, at the final press conference on 7 December, following Whyte's comment that he'd attack Chisora anytime he sees him after the fight, Chisora picked up the table he was sitting at and threw it towards Whyte, just missing everyone in the way which included the promoters and trainers.[78] As a result, the BBBofC withdrew their sanction of the fight and the British title will not be at stake.[79] Whyte's WBC International title was at stake instead. In an epic and clean grudge match, both fighters were hurt, with Chisora and Whyte showing a lot of heart. Whyte won via a controversial split decision. Two judges scoring the fight 115–113 and 115–114 for Whyte and one scoring 115–114 in favour of Chisora. Whyte was hurt a number of times in the fight by Chisora in the 8th, 10th and 12th rounds. On two occasions in the 12th, Whyte was knocked off balance by Chisora after being hit with huge shots to the head. Post fight, Whyte stated he would not give Chisora a rematch but changed his mind later saying he would be open to a rematch.[80][81]

In April 2017 it was announced that Whyte would headline a card at The O2 Arena on 3 June 2017. Whyte listed Bryant Jennings, Mariusz Wach, Artur Szpilka and Gerald Washington as potential opponents.[82] On 14 April, Washington put his name forward wanting to get back into the world title mix following his failed attempt to dethrone WBC champion Deontay Wilder in February 2017.[83] On 19 April, Matchroom Boxing revealed Whyte's opponent would be 37 year old former world title challenger Mariusz Wach (33-2, 17 KOs). The fight was to take place live on Sky Sports and would also feature younger talents including Reece Bellotti, Ted Cheeseman and Lawrence Okolie.[84][85] The fight was postponed on 16 May due to Whyte injuring his foot. There was no immediate mention as to when the fight would be rescheduled for.[86]

In early June, promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom confirmed that Whyte would be making his US debut in the Summer of 2017 in order to earn himself a potential world title match by the end of the year.[87] On 25 July, Hearn announced that Whyte would fight 44 year old former world title challenger Michael Grant (48-7, 36 KOs), who was on a three fight losing streak since 2013. Grant had only fought once since October 2014, which took place in April 2017 in a knockout loss to Polish contender Krzysztof Zimnoch. Grant unsuccessfully challenged then unified heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in 2000. The fight lasted less than six minutes.[88] The announcement received a lot of criticism and bad press from the media and fans. Two days later, Grant confirmed the fight was cancelled.[89] On 6 August, after struggling to find an opponent, Hearn revealed that Whyte would fight 15-year veteran Malcolm Tann (24-5, 13 KOs) in a scheduled 8 round fight.[90] Whyte knocked Tann down four times en route to wining the fight via TKO in round 3. Whyte admitted he needed a bigger challenge towards the end of the year before a potential world title fight.[91][92]

Whyte vs. Helenius

Eddie Hearn announced that Whyte would fight on the Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam (originally Kubrat Pulev) card on 28 October at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Finnish boxer Robert Helenius and Australian boxer Lucas Browne were a couple of names mentioned. On 14 September, seven weeks before the fight, Ricky Hatton stated Browne wouldn't take up the fight due to being short notice.[93][94] Some reported suggested Whyte would fight Finnish boxer and former two-time European champion Robert Helenius (25-1, 16 KOs).[95] After Ortiz failed a drug test, leaving Wilder without an opponent, Whyte offered to take his place. The world title fight was ultimately given to mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne for 4 November. Jarrell Miller was also considered an option before he booked himself a fight with Mariusz Wach in New York. On 4 October Hearn revealed he was interested in getting Dominic Breazeale to fight Whyte, where the winner could potentially fight the winner of the Wilder vs. Stiverne rematch.[96] A couple of days later, Breazeale accepted the challenge.[97] The talks eventually broke down. On 15 October, Hearn announced Whyte vs. Helenius.[98] Whyte failed to impress as he defeated Helenius over 12 rounds via unanimous decision. The scorecards read 119–109, 119–109, and 118–110 all in favour of Whyte. Helenius started the fight well hurting Whyte in the second round. Whyte bounced back and dominated the remainder of the fight with Helenius reluctant to throw anything meaningful to win the rounds. With the win, Whyte claimed the vacant WBC Silver heavyweight title, moving him a step closer to fighting world champion Wilder.[99][100]

Career from 2018

Whyte vs. Browne

On 11 January 2018, the fight between Whyte and Australian heavyweight contender Lucas Browne (25-0, 22 KOs) was finally made, to take place at the O2 Arena in London on 24 March. Whyte's WBC Silver title would be at stake. Speaking of the fight, Whyte said, "I can't wait, I hate Lucas Browne and I want to hurt him. He's said some nasty things and he's going to have to pay for them."[101][102] Whyte hit Browne with a hard left hook to the head in the round 6 to knock him down and out unconscious, winning the fight. There was no count made and the fight was waived off immediately with ringside doctors attending to Browne before giving him oxygen. The fight was officially stopped at 0:37 of the round. Browne's face was cut and badly swollen from the clean shots landed from Whyte. Browne left himself open most of the time and tried switching stances after a few rounds. Browne suffered a cut over his left eye in round 3, which got worse with each round. Whyte then bloodied Browne's nose in round 5.[103] After the fight, Browne was stretchered to a nearby hospital for precaution and Whyte called out WBC champion Deontay Wilder for a fight in June 2018. Promoter Hearn said, "I hope the WBC make Dillian mandatory now, the fight is there for Deontay Wilder in June. We have to force the shot and after that performance, he deserves the shot." Hearn stated there could be a possibility that the WBC order a final eliminator between Whyte and Dominic Breazeale.[104][105]

Whyte vs. Parker

On 24 April, the WBC ordered Whyte vs. Luis Ortiz in an eliminator bout for their heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder.[106] Whyte felt 'betrayed' by this decision from the WBC as he thought he was already in line to challenge Wilder next. The WBC made Dominic Breazeale the mandatory challenger, although they previously confirmed his win over Eric Molina was not a final eliminator. Whyte stated, if anything, the WBC should order Whyte vs. Breazeale as the final eliminator. Promoter Eddie Hearn was also puzzled by the decision.[107][108][109] At the same time, the IBF also ordered Whyte to fight Bulgarian former world title challenger Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KO). A purse bid was set for 10 May.[110] The purse bids were delayed as a deal between Hearn and Team Sauerland, Pulev's promoter was close to being agreed. The IBF gave them until 24 May.[111] Despite Whyte stating that Pulev did not want the fight, Pulev stated he was more than happy to fight Whyte, but "a lot of things need to be agreed" before the fight could be confirmed. According to Nisse Sauerland, the date of 28 July was being discussed with the host venue being either London or Bulgaria.[112][113] New York based promotional company, Epic Sports & Entertainment made a purse bid of $1,500,111, winning the rights of the fight. Eddie Hearn offered $831,111, which was higher than the $801,305 bid from Team Sauerland. IBF ruling states for a final eliminator, the higher ranked boxer, in this case was Pulev, would get 75% ($1,125,083.25) and Whyte would earn $375,027.75 for the fight.[114][115] On 6 June, although the Whyte vs. Pulev fight was not off the table, it was heavily rumoured via multiple sources that Whyte would instead fight Cuban boxer Luis Ortiz in a WBC final eliminator. Many media outlets announced the fight.[116] Pulev was unhappy with the pull out and labelled Whyte and Hearn as "extreme manipulators and plain schizophrenics" as well as accusing them of avoiding him at all costs.[117]

On the morning of 7 June, it was confirmed that Whyte would instead fight former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-1, 18 KOs) on 28 July at The O2 Arena in London on Sky Box Office. An official press conference followed a few hours later.[118] Many fans took to Social media stating their frustration around the fight being on pay-per-view. Whyte along with Parker's promoter Dave Higgins explained their reasons as to why the fight deserved to be on the PPV platform. The fight itself was praised by fans for the match up, with it being billed as an eliminator for the winner to challenge Anthony Joshua for the heavyweight championship of the world.[119][120] Three days before the fight, it was confirmed a sell-out.[121] It was revealed that before PPV revenue, both boxers would earn just over £1 million for the fight, with Whyte receiving slightly more, being the home fighter.[122] Despite stating he would weigh less, Whyte came in at 258½ pounds, 4 pounds heavier than his previous bout. Parker weighed 242 pounds, 16 pounds lighter than Whyte, however 6 pounds heavier than what he weighed in his loss to Joshua.[123]

Whyte won the bout via unanimous decision in a fight which saw both boxers hit the canvas. Whyte knocked Parker down twice in the fight in dropping him in rounds 2 and 9. It looked as though a short left hook dropped Parker for the first time in his career, however the instant replay showed it was a clash of heads. Referee Ian John Lewis made the count. Most of the middle rounds was mostly back and forth action with both fighters having success. Whyte was coming forward, countering and began using his jab more and Parker was mostly on the back foot, using movement and landing 2-3 punch combinations. After round 6, Whyte began to show fatigue. This did not prevent him from carrying on going forward trying to land big shots as Parker was wary of Whyte's power. Whyte also started using roughhouse tactics after the first few rounds. This included rabbit punches, head-butting, holding and hitting and pushing Parker over the ropes. He was warned once earlier in the fight and then warned again in the championship rounds, however no points were deducted. Parker took over in the championship rounds but was unable to put Whyte away. Parker had an explosive start to round 12, knowing he needed a knockout to win, eventually knocked down a fatigued Whyte with 20 seconds left in the fight with a right hand to the head. Whyte got to his feet and survived the remaining seconds of the fight. The three judges scored the fight unanimously 113–112, 115–110, and 114–111 in favour of Whyte.[124][125] Many of the pundits ringside, which included Steve Bunce had the fight closer including those on radio, with some even having Parker as the winner. Some portion of the boxing media also scored the fight close, in favour of Parker. The Sky Sports team, which included Matthew Macklin, David Haye, Johnny Nelson and Tony Bellew, were criticized for their views.[126][127]

Standing together, speaking to Sky Sports after the fight, Whyte gave Parker credit, "He was slick and I knew he was going to fight for the first few rounds, then come back in the final few rounds. I am annoyed I slipped at the final hurdle in the last round. I was rocked and took a few." Whyte stated he would take another fight before the end of 2018 and ready for Anthony Joshua in April 2019, "I would like to fight Joshua again if he wants it. I've still got a lot to learn, so I would like to get one more in before him again." Parker had no complaints and humble in defeat, "I gave it my best; the better man and I will come back stronger."[128] Parker's trainer Kevin Barry was very vocal after the fight regarding Whyte's rough tactics, claiming he should have had points taken off.[129]

In the post-fight press conference, Hearn spoke of Whyte's next potential fights. Dereck Chisora, who knocked out Carlos Takam on the undercard, was mentioned however Whyte stated he was not interested as he 'had bigger fish to fry'.[130][131] Hearn revealed he would offer Wilder in the region of £6 million ($8m US) to fight Whyte in Brooklyn.[132][133][134] On 31 July, Whyte told Boxing Scene he was interested in fighting WBA 'Regular' titleholder Manuel Charr.[135]

On 3 August, it was reported that Duco Events would appeal for the decision to be investigated. The reason for this was because Parker's team believed the head clash in round 2 which dropped Parker to the canvas affected the scorecards as well as Parker's performance during the middle rounds. It is believed that Parker was having success in round 2 before the head clash, therefor had the knockdown not occurred, the round would have been scored 10–9 in favour of Parker instead 10–8 for Whyte. In a statement, Higgins said, "It’s clear that the clash of heads in the second round had a significant impact on the fight. In terms of the scorecards and Joseph’s performance in the middle rounds (the headbutt made a big difference). In light of what is clear evidence of a significant error by the officials, there is a legitimate question as to whether the result should stand. That’s a question Duco will be asking the sanctioning bodies on Joseph’s behalf." Looking at the alternative scorecard having round 2 in favour of Parker would have resulted in the bout being scored a split decision draw.[136][137]

Whyte vs. Chisora II

In Mid October 2018, Whyte and Cuban boxer Luis Ortiz appeared to have a war of words and called each other out, with Ortiz stating he would come to the UK and fight Whyte on 22 December, a potential PPV date allocated to the possible Whyte vs. Chisora rematch. After hearing this, Chisora came out saying 'No one wants to see that [Whyte-Ortiz]', that he was 'the Money Man' and Whyte should fight him if he wants to earn more money.[138] Hearn also stated despite Ortiz putting his name forward, Chisora was the front-runner to fight Whyte.[139]

On 17 October, it was reported that Chisora had hired former rival David Haye as his new manager. They also stated that Chisora will no longer go by the name 'Del Boy' and would now be 'WAR'.[140][141] On 22 October, Whyte told Sky Sports that Chisora needed to sign a deal quick or he would look at other options.[142] On 1 November, the rematch was announced to take place on 22 December at The O2 Arena on Sky Sports Box Office.[143]

Whyte won by knockout in the 11th round, from a powerful left hook. Whyte had luck in the early rounds, catching Chisora, but Chisora continued to work away, and received two warnings for low blows on Whyte, which arguably switched the tempo of the fight. After the win, Whyte called out Anthony Joshua and then stormed off mid-discussion. After the 22nd December bout, Whyte stands as the 4th Best Ranked Active Heavyweight in the division.

Personal life

Whyte has three children, including two boys.[14][144] He has highlighted his early boxing idols, including Jack Dempsey, Sonny Liston, Archie Moore, Lennox Lewis and James Toney.[25] On 23 March 2015, as part of Evelyn Grace Academy's Sport Week, Whyte appeared alongside footballer Brede Hangeland and rugby union player Natasha Brennan to speak to the students of his profession and to impart advice and provide inspiration.[145]

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
1 match 1 win 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Mark Stroud KO (punch) UCMMA 1: Bad Breed 6 December 2008 1 0:12 London, England

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
27 fights 26 wins 1 loss
By knockout 18 1
By decision 8 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
27 Win 26–1 Colombia Óscar Rivas UD 12 20 Jul 2019 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Won vacant WBC interim heavyweight title
26 Win 25–1 United Kingdom Dereck Chisora KO 11 (12), 1:56 22 Dec 2018 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained WBC Silver and WBO International heavyweight titles
25 Win 24–1 New Zealand Joseph Parker UD 12 28 Jul 2018 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained WBC Silver heavyweight title;
Won vacant WBO International heavyweight title
24 Win 23–1 Australia Lucas Browne KO 6 (12), 0:37 24 Mar 2018 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained WBC Silver heavyweight title
23 Win 22–1 Finland Robert Helenius UD 12 28 Oct 2017 United Kingdom Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales Won vacant WBC Silver heavyweight title
22 Win 21–1 United States Malcolm Tann TKO 3 (8), 2:36 19 Aug 2017 United States Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska, US
21 Win 20–1 United Kingdom Dereck Chisora SD 12 10 Dec 2016 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Retained WBC International heavyweight title
20 Win 19–1 United Kingdom Ian Lewison RTD 10 (12), 3:00 7 Oct 2016 United Kingdom The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland Won vacant British heavyweight title
19 Win 18–1 United Kingdom David Allen UD 10 30 Jul 2016 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, England Won vacant WBC International heavyweight title
18 Win 17–1 Croatia Ivica Bacurin KO 6 (8), 2:08 25 Jun 2016 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England
17 Loss 16–1 United Kingdom Anthony Joshua KO 7 (12), 1:27 12 Dec 2015 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England For WBC International, Commonwealth, and vacant British heavyweight titles
16 Win 16–0 United States Brian Minto KO 3 (10), 2:36 12 Sep 2015 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Won vacant WBC Silver International heavyweight title
15 Win 15–0 Brazil Irineu Beato Costa Junior TKO 1 (8), 2:41 1 Aug 2015 United Kingdom Craven Park, Hull, England
14 Win 14–0 Georgia (country) Beka Lobjanidze KO 4 (10), 1:10 28 Feb 2015 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
13 Win 13–0 Brazil Marcelo Luiz Nascimento KO 2 (8), 0:41 7 Feb 2015 United Kingdom Camden Centre, London, England
12 Win 12–0 Poland Kamil Sokolowski TKO 3 (6), 2:23 20 Dec 2014 United Kingdom City Hall, Hull, England
11 Win 11–0 Czech Republic Tomas Mrazek TKO 3 (6), 2:25 28 Nov 2014 United Kingdom Camden Centre, London, England
10 Win 10–0 Croatia Ante Verunica TKO 2 (6), 2:30 21 Nov 2014 United Kingdom Camden Centre, London, England
9 Win 9–0 Hungary Sandor Balogh TKO 4 (6), 1:13 13 Oct 2012 United Kingdom Bluewater, Stone, England
8 Win 8–0 United Kingdom Michael Holden TKO 3 (6), 1:35 15 Sep 2012 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
7 Win 7–0 Hungary Gabor Farkas KO 2 (6), 1:38 7 Jul 2012 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
6 Win 6–0 Georgia (country) Zurab Noniashvili TKO 1 (6), 0:52 19 May 2012 United Kingdom Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England
5 Win 5–0 Bulgaria Kristian Kirilov TKO 1 (6), 1:33 2 Mar 2012 United Kingdom Troxy, London, England
4 Win 4–0 Zimbabwe Hastings Rasani PTS 4 21 Jan 2012 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England
3 Win 3–0 Croatia Toni Visic TKO 3 (4), 1:46 3 Dec 2011 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
2 Win 2–0 Lithuania Remigijus Ziausys PTS 4 16 Sep 2011 United Kingdom The Coronet, London, England
1 Win 1–0 Bulgaria Michael Matuszewski PTS 4 13 May 2011 United Kingdom Medway Park, Gillingham, England


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