Dillian Whyte Made Me Eat My Hat

Dillian Whyte Opinionated Sports


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By @IanWaterhouse1

Well, I am making a habit of this.

For the second time this year, I have been left proven well a truly wrong by essentially writing off a sports star well before their time as a professional has come to an end.

In 2015, I wrote a piece about Tiger Woods saying it was the end and he will never return let alone compete for tournament wins.

Fast forward three years and I openly apologised to Tiger for getting it completely wrong after numerous top ten finishes already in 2018.

And now, I feel I must do the same to Dillian Whyte.

The reason being is I never really took Whyte seriously as a world heavyweight contender, I have never seen him as an elite in the same bracket as the Klitschko brothers or Anthony Joshua or up until Saturday night even Joseph Parker.

I cruelly had Whyte down as another bruiser in the mould of Audley Harrison and Danny Williams, both gutsy and tough fighters but neither quite good enough to challenge the elite of the sport.

Well, Mr. Whyte, I wholeheartedly apologise because boy was I wrong about you.

Whyte was magnificent in his grueling encounter with the overwhelmingly (if not seemingly a little light) Joseph Parker and sent the Kiwi to the canvas twice during his 12 round points win.

After Parker took Joshua to 12 rounds, I wrongly assumed that he would be far to savvy for the aggressive Whyte but instead Whyte’s power, composure and ability to read the fight and control it had me watching in awe.

Despite almost blowing it in the 12th round when Parker sat Whyte down, few can argue the man nicknamed The Body Snatcher didn’t deserve his win and the defeated Parker proved what a professional he is by admitting that he was beaten by the better man.

At just 26, Parker will rise again and will contend for another world heavyweight title sometime in the future but at 30, Dillian Whyte has just made the heavyweight division about three men again as opposed to just Joshua and Wilder.

Whyte may have been knocked out by Joshua in 2015, but that is old news and Whyte will get another crack at Britain’s golden boy.

All we need now is for Tyson Fury to start taking himself seriously again and then it is safe to say that British heavyweight boxing has never been in better health.

(Feature image credit – Nick Potts/PA)


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I have been producing content for the sports industry for many years now and love nothing more than the competitive nature of any game. An avid football, F1, and golf fan, when I am not giving my opinions on sport, I will most likely be trying to chip out of a bunker.

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