“He Was Knocked Cold; Properly Twitching as Well”- Dillian Whyte on Wladimir Klitschko Knocking Out Deontay Wilder

Published 04/06/2020, 10:32 AM EDT


Dillian Whyte made a shocking admission, claiming Wladimir Klitschko knocked Deontay Wilder “out cold” in a sparring session. Wladimir Klitschko was one of the most dominant boxers of all time. He holds the record for the longest cumulative heavyweight title reign as world champion with 4,382 days and also held the WBA, WBO and IBF titles.  At the same time, his brother Vitali held the WBC title, but they refused to face each other. 

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When the elder Klitschko brother retired, Deontay Wilder became the champion. But fans may wonder why a fight between the Wilder and Klitschko never materialized. 

Klitschko knocked Deontay Wilder out cold

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The WBC Interim Heavyweight Champion regularly trained alongside the Ukrainian legend and offered fans an insight on why Klitschko never boxed for the WBC Championship. “I’ve seen him getting knocked out,” says Whyte to Sky Sports.

His statement echoed Tyson Fury’s claims of a win over Wilder, coming nowhere near his monumental win over ‘Dr. Steelhammer’. “Wilder ain’t on Wladimir Klitschko’s level. I heard off a good source that Klitschko dropped him twice,” said Fury at the pre-bout press conference.

Was Whyte the Gypsy King’s source? 

‘The Villain’ says ‘Dr. Steelhammer’ regularly invited rising heavyweight boxers to his camp to help him prepare. This was where Whyte saw the incident and clarifies that it wasn’t a knockdown but a knockout. “He was knocked cold. Properly twitching as well,” says Whyte, who opines that this is the reason the fight never happened.

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“That’s why they probably didn’t want him to fight Wlad because Wlad was going to fight him as a pro and Wilder never fancied it the whole time.”

‘The Villain’ adds his amateur rivalry with fellow Brit Anthony Joshua resumed at Klitschko’s camps. He says he was stopped at getting at Joshua, whom he wanted to punch, as “he was talking a lot of smack.

‘The Villain’ was supposed to box against Alexander Povetkin. However, the coronavirus outbreak resulted in its postponement. His last bout was a unanimous decision win over Mariusz Wach at the event where Anthony Joshua exacted revenge over Andy Ruiz Jr. 

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Read: “Give Deontay Wilder another chance, He’ll Show You”- George Foreman Gives His Opinion on The Trilogy

 

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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