If Dillian Whyte can defeat Jermaine Franklin on November 26th at Wembley Arena in London, Eng., a potential rematch with Anthony Joshua could happen next year.
Whyte wants it.
So does Joshua.
The big heavyweight rivals first met seven years ago – and the result was an exciting fight. Joshua tried to knock out Whyte early. He came close – only to be staggered in the next heat.
Joshua was back in charge a few rounds later – landing several right hands. Whyte fought back, but his gas tank was emptying.
In round seven, as Whyte rested on the ropes, Joshua unloaded. An uppercut ended things.
Whyte rebounded by winning 11 fights in succession before running into an Alexander Povetkin uppercut.
The result was stunning. Whyte appeared to be on the verge of winning. His dominance included two knockdowns in round four, but as the saying goes in boxing, all it takes is one.
That one, a wicked uppercut, knocked Whyte cold.
Whyte received a rematch which went down seven months later. Whyte knew his career was on the line. He looked focused while Povetkin resembled a sleepy polar bear. Whyte ended things in round four.
Whyte asked for heavyweight titleholder, Tyson Fury.
The title fight went down in England seven months ago. Fury outclassed Whyte with ease for five rounds and knocked him out with what else, an uppercut in round six.
Franklin sports an undefeated record of 21-0. His career looked promising until a gift decision over Jerry Forrest derailed it. Forrest kept Franklin off balance with an accurate jab and meaningful punches.
One judge had Forrest winning – the other two did not. Franklin returned to the ring last April against Rydell Booker. He won the fight but was unimpressed with his performance.
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“I’m super hyped to fight in the UK,” Franklin said. “They love boxing, and I plan on making a statement when I beat Dillian. I want them to be loud and love my boxing style and have them embrace me as the people’s champ.”
His belief in himself remains high.
“Dillian is a warrior, ” said Franklin several weeks ago. “He has heart, and he’s been with the best. It’s time for him to step aside and let the ‘989 Assassin’ make him body number twenty-two on my body count.”
Last week, Franklin,29, joined Fury’s training camp (he’s fighting Dereck Chisora in early December)
“I learned a lot on the first day,” Franklin told Kerr Ferguson of www.boxing-social.com. “I realized what many do not believe or want to believe – I can compete with the Tyson Fury’s of the heavyweight division.”
Whyte,34, finds the whole situation amusing.
“It’s a funny one,” said Whyte in thedailymall.com.uk. “I’m glad because Fury is punching holes in him. As an undefeated heavyweight, Franklin is a dangerous guy but I’m going to teach him quite a few lessons. Most importantly, I’m going to teach him how to lose.”
If Whyte has anything left, (his chin) he wins.
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