Dillian Whyte and Ian Lewison nearly came to blows at their press conference for their clash for the vacant British Heavyweight title at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Friday October 7, live on Sky Sports.
Whyte and Lewison met in central London and sparks flew straight away between the big-hitting Brixton rivals.
After both men confidently predicted devastating KO wins over their local rival, the jibes became personal and security had to separate the pair.
As the tempers cooled and a tense head-to-head pictures were taken without issue, both men stakes they claims to the title.
Whyte fights for the Lord Lonsdale belt in December in a pulsating battle with Anthony Joshua MBE at The O2, while for Lewison, it’s a first crack at the coveted strap on the back of his impressive KO win in China in June.
“We’re going to go at it – I really want to beat him up because he talks rubbish,” said Whyte. “I used to think one of these days I’m going to bash his head in, so it’s not long until I tuck him in.
“Ian has been around for years. He could’ve been someone, people used to talk about him. I beat him up when I was
“He likes eating more than he likes training. His whole team know what time it is – the know what’s going to happen on the night when I am all over him and laughing as I finish him off, we’re going to need a crane to pick him.
“He’s going to run out and try to swing, so it’s up to me what happens in the fight – whether I engage or whether I box him.”
“It’s going to be carnage,” said Lewison. “After the fight he’s going to look bad, and I’m going to KO him inside four rounds.
“It’s a big opportunity for me with a big fight on TV. I thought England wasn’t into public executions anymore? I’m not looking for points, they are for supermarkets. I’m going to KO him, that’s what I am looking for.
“Whether we’re friends or not is irrelevant, we’re in there to do a job and that’s win the belt. He’s got a big profile and that means I can get my name out there and get the big fights with a win.”
Whyte and Lewison clash on a huge bill in Glasgow as three-weight World champion Ricky Burns defends his WBA World Super-Lightweight title against big-hitting mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh.
Scotty Cardle defends his British Lightweight title against Kevin Hooper and there’s action for Joe Ham, Lewis Paulin, Stewart Burt, Scott McCormack and Ross Murray.
Tickets are on sale now with tickets in the £40-£100 bracket available from the SSE Hydro website http://www.thessehydro.com/ and on 0844 395 4000 and 0800 952 0110 (accessible). VIP tickets at £200 are exclusively available at www.matchroomboxing.com
Dillian Whyte and Ian Lewison both predicting big KO wins
Dillian Whyte and Ian Lewison are both predicting big KO wins when they clash for the vacant British Heavyweight title at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Friday October 7, live on Sky Sports.
The Brixton bangers take their rivalry north of the border with the Lord Lonsdale belt on the line along with bragging rights in south London.
Whyte fights for the belt for the second line having tackled Anthony Joshua MBE for the strap in December while it’s Lewison’s first crack at the coveted crown.
Both men enter the contest on the back of morale boosting action, with Whyte returning from shoulder surgery with wins over Ivica Bacurin and Dave Allen, while Lewison picked up the biggest win of his career in China, landing the WBO Asia Pacific crown with a second round KO win over previously unbeaten home favourite Zhi Yu Wu.
With the two men sharing 22 KOs from their 30 wins, there won’t be a backwards step taken on the night as the winner looks to bag the belt, bragging rights and take pole position for bumper fights in the talent-stacked domestic Heavyweight scene.
“I’m going to KO him,” said Whyte. “He’s dangerous for a couple of rounds, but I’ll show him that I’m the best out of south London. I’m the best. Ian will get banged out, he is going to try and swing because he’s got no other choice.
“There’s no friends in this game, boxing is a business and he talks a lot like he’s a hardman but he’s just a little tramp. He’s been around for years and finally got himself a win in China and a top 15 ranking in the WBO, so I want to beat him and take that ranking.”
“Dillian needs to prepare himself to be 100 per cent because I am and I’ll be knocking him out,” said Lewison. “Dillian did what he had to do against Allen, but he said before the fight that Dave didn’t deserve to be in the ring with him and that he was head and shoulders above Dave.
“I expected him to put it on him and show he was a league above him and take him out. He just sat back and boxed in cruise control for ten rounds though – he won’t be able to do that against me.”
Whyte and Lewison clash on a huge night of action in Glasgow as three-weight World king Ricky Burns defends his WBA World Super-Lightweight title against unbeaten mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh.
Scotty Cardle defending his British Lightweight title against Kevin Hooper, Commonwealth Games gold medal favourite Charlie Flynn tackling Manchester’s Kofi Yates, plus more.
Tickets go on general sale at midday on Friday September 2, with tickets in the £40-£100 bracket available from the SSE Hydro website http://www.thessehydro.com/ and on 0844 395 4000 and 0800 952 0110 (accessible). VIP tickets at £200 are exclusively available at www.matchroomboxing.com