Undefeated South London puncher Dillian Whyte (14-0,11ko) has been forced to pull out of a scheduled appearance on a card in Corby, Northants after pulling a ligament in his hand in training.
The rising prospect, who famously holds an amateur victory over Olympic starlet Anthony Joshua (11-0, 11ko) had initially been struggling to find an opponent after experienced Russian, Dennis Bakhtov (39-10,26ko) agreed to the fight then pulled out.
It’s another setback for the avoided fighter who is currently making a decision about promotional representation in order to start forcing the issue in terms of getting guys to fight him. Scotland’s undefeated Gary Cornish (20-0,11ko) also recently pulled out of a British title eliminator with Whyte and this injury setback is another bump in an already rocky road.
Whyte has been incredibly active since returning to the ring last November following a 2 year ban from the sport. He had unknowingly consumed a banned substance (MHA) in what was, at the time, a perfectly legal over the counter supplement. Whilst his explanations were accepted by the British board, the ban was upheld on appeal.
Whyte told me the injury will set him back a further 4-6 weeks while he waits for it to heal. It will give him time to make a decision regarding his promotional situation and the numerous offers he has on the table. He has said a decision on this will be reached this summer and perhaps then the fans can look forward to a rematch of their old amateur contest, and see Anthony Joshua vs Dillian Whyte in the paid ranks?
After flooring AJ on route to a points win, many are keen to see if Whyte can repeat the feat professionally as both men have come on leaps and bounds since those days. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has expressed an interest in making the fight on social media, although, interest is sadly all it remains as at the moment.
It is potentially a great domestic contest of unbeaten heavyweights that sooner or later won’t be able to be ignored.