“I Could Have Beaten Him” – Dillian Whyte Makes a Bold Statement About Retired Former Champion

Published 11/10/2020, 10:36 PM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Dillian Whyte celerbates knocking out Dereck Chisora as the referee stops the fight after the Heavyweight fight between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora at The O2 Arena on December 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)


Ahead of his hugely anticipated rematch against Alexander Povetkin early next year, former interim WBC heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte has stated that former champion David Haye is the biggest bully in boxing. Earlier, Haye had claimed the Whyte called him out following his second loss against Tony Bellew back in 2018.

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“I’ve always tried to fight David Haye, because he was the top guy at the time and obviously when you’re coming up as a young fighter, you aspire to fight the guys at the top,” Whyte said in a conversation with SkySports.

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David Haye called retirement from the sport after back-to-back TKO losses to Tony Bellew. Soon after the loss, Whyte called out the former champion. However, the call-out did not go too well with Haye.

The former champion claimed that Whyte called him out after he was almost on his way out. However, Whyte maintains that his rivalry against Haye goes back to when the ‘Hayemaker’ was in his prime.

“I wanted to fight him to see how good I was and see how well I fare against him. I’ve always believed I could have beaten him.”

Whyte stated that he has had his eyes on Haye ever since the boxing legend made his return in 2016. Haye bid farewell to the boxing ring after a fifth-round TKO win over Derek Chisora back in July 2012.

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Can Dillian Whyte get past Alexander Povetkin?

In the past, Haye has claimed that Whyte is always looking for opponents who he thinks are tweaking than him. Additionally, he claimed that his call-out was poorly timed and spoke volumes about Whyte as a boxer.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Dillian Whyte celebrates victory over Dereck Chisora after the Heavyweight fight between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora at The O2 Arena on December 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

“Maybe Whyte is the type of guy who sees the weak guy. Derek Chisora goes after the toughest guy.” Haye added, “I always wondered why he called me out as I was coming out of the ring, busted up and concussed.”

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Dillian Whyte is scheduled to take on the 41-year-old Russian legend Alexander Povetkin in a rematch for the interim gold. Despite an incredible start in the first bout, he fell prey to a brutal uppercut that marked the second loss of his boxing career. It is an exciting match-up and one that will crown a mandatory challenger for Tyson Fury‘s WBC strap.

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Nikhil Chauhan

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I low-key like Dana White and his decisions, but that doesn't mean I am not a fan of super fights. Always up for a chat related to UFC, I am a passionate filmmaker.

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