British heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte returns to action tomorrow night in Hull for the first time since February, squaring off against Brazilian Irineu Costa Jnr on Matchroom’s “Rumble on the Humber” card ahead of his scheduled British title clash with old amatuer foe Anthony Joshua, which will take place in either November or December.
Joshua must first come past Scotland’s Gary Cornish on September 12th, a card that will also feature Whyte in another ‘tune-up’ bout, and defeat for either man in either of those fights will seriously take the shine off their eventual meeting.
An accident involving his regular trainer has led to Whyte enlisting the services of former Emmanuel Steward charge and Wladimir Klitschko head coach, Johnathon Banks, with the American saying that he thinks Whyte can do big things in boxing.
“I’ve seen something in him (Whyte) that makes me think he can make a lot of noise in the heavyweight division.” Banks said to iFLtv.
“Will he beat the guy? (Costa Jnr). Yeah, I think he’d beat him. I’m looking for the knockout. I was taught by the late Emmanuel Steward – he the man of knockouts, that’s who taught me – so I want to see knockouts as well.”
The undefeated Whyte, who has never been past 4 rounds in 14 contests, confirmed he will certainly be trying for the stoppage.
“When the fans come and see me, they always expect something and I try and do my best to deliver, I try to fight to the best of my ability. At the end of the day, my end goal is to knock someone out.” he said to Sky Sports
“I’m not overlooking this guy but I’ve got bigger fish to fry and I’m trying to get as much experience as I can.
“If I go past four rounds, for me it’s experience. If I get him out of there before that, then it’s just another fight.”