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WHYTE NOT OVERLOOKING RIVAS

On training in Loughborough:

“Training up here is really good, it’s the best place that I’ve ever trained. Being here, everything is under one roof and they’re looking after me, tracking everything that I’m doing and seeing where I’m at. They’re very realistic with where I should be and where I am and how hard I need to work and stuff.”

“I have a look to see where I’m at numbers wise to see where I’m at with this training camp compared to other camps, what’s going on, how far I’ve come and when was my best one. Some camps are better than others and flow smoother than others.

On his relationship with trainer Mark Tibbs:

“Me and Mark get on well. We have a good relationship. I’ve got a lot of respect for him and he’s got a lot of respect for me. We get on. Training camp is never a struggle with Mark. At the start it can be a bit glitchy here and there but once we get moving it just falls into place.”

On Oscar Rivas claiming he is being overlooked by Whyte:

“I’m probably the most underestimated boxer in the world. People always talk some rubbish every time I fight them. We see it time and time again, they say this and they say that. I’ve done nothing but praise Rivas, he beat Pulev and Andy Ruiz in the amateurs, he was a top amateur. 26 fights, 26 wins in the pros, 18 knockouts, just beat Jennings.

“This for him in his World title, or whatever. For him it’s a big thing. He thinks everyone is overlooking him and he’s going to prove this and he’s going to prove that. I do that every fight. This isn’t a fight that I’m going to change my mindset for. This has been like this my whole career.”

Fight prediction:

“Everyone I step in the ring with I believe I’m going to stop them man. Sometimes I don’t get the stoppage but I do try my hardest. I do what I need to do and I focus on me. I train hard and I don’t leave no stone unturned. I don’t overlook anyone and I graft to make sure I was better than the last time out. I don’t really care what these guys are going to do. They all have two hands and two legs, they’re going to do the same thing, jab, uppercuts, hooks, overhand, whatever. It’s a different challenge, different mindset, fresher guy as people say.”

On his devastating left hook:

“He can look for it but it will land at some point. I’ve got a massive arsenal of other punches as well. I’ve got a good right hand, good jab, good uppercut as well. Hopefully he’ll be looking for the left hook and that will leave him open for something else and I’ll get to showcase one of my other devastating punches.”

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