By Paul McLaughlin – It was meant to be Dillian Whyte’s big chance to impress, his moment to pull out a performance with the boxing world watching, his opportunity to make Deontay Wilder sit up and take note…..well it didn’t quite turn out as planned.
Whyte took on Nordic giant Robert Helenius on the undercard of AJ V Takam with both Whyte and Helenius having only one loss each it had all the makings of a titanic battle.
The big man from Sweden towered above Whyte and from the offset looked like using his longer reach and ring movement to hit and run against his opponent. Dillian looked very sluggish in the opening three rounds and was wobbled slightly by Helenius in the second but then it looked like it was the Nordic nightmare who ran out of steam.
Fighting against a much taller opponent, Whyte was throwing huge right-hand hay-makers in the hope of catching Helenius but ended up becoming unsteady himself with his wild swings. Robert Helenius offered very little from round four onwards and Whyte was the more aggressive of the two.
Both fighters looked happy when the final bell sounded and Dillian Whyte picked up the WBC silver strap with a unanimous 119-109,119-109,118-111 score.
Dillian now believes he is in prime position to face Deotay Wilder next should the American come through his bout with Bermane Stiverne and this could happen as long as the Bronze Bomber has a clause in his contract to fight AJ next.
Dillian will have to up his game in his next bout if he wants to make any dents in the heavyweight division as the only notable thing that I came away with from this fight is that if Whyte’s boxing career ends he may have an acting opportunity should they decide to bring the A-team back again.