Dillian Whyte is keen to show he is still the man and a “dangerous operator” when he makes his highly anticipated return to the ring this weekend after almost giving up on the sport.
Whyte will meet Mariusz Wach on the Andy Ruiz Jr-Anthony Joshua undercard in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night, in his first fight since beating Oscar Rivas on points back in July.
Speaking to the media after Tuesday’s public workout Whyte has been quoted as saying “I’ve had three weeks’ notice for this fight, obviously, ideally, I would like more time for this fight,”
“But I’ve been using the gym and training through this time as a distraction, so I’m good and ready. I’m grateful to be back and to show people the level I am because I could have come back to a much easier opponent considering what’s been going on and what I’ve been through.
“But I said ‘I need someone decent, who’s going to give me a few rounds and give me a bit of a tester’ and Mariusz Wach, he’s a tall guy, a tough guy, he’s got a very good jab, a very, very good jab, that’s one thing he does well, he does jab well.”
Whyte, who spent over 600 days as the WBC’s No 1 contender, rightfully became mandatory challenger after defeating Oscar Rivas on points in July, but controversially the governing body suspended that status after an “adverse finding” in a UK Anti-Doping test.
The heavyweight from Brixton, who was cleared to fight against Rivas and insisted he won “fair and square”, has since been told if his situation is resolved he will again become mandatory challenger in February 2021.
“I’m a dangerous operator,” added Whyte. “Everyone says I’m slow and cumbersome, I’m not a very good boxer, I’m slow, I’m not co-ordinated but no one wants to fight me and I’ve been No 1 and mandatory for such a long time, so I don’t understand.”
The 31-year-old whose only career defeat was to Anthony Joshua back in 2015, is hungry to enter the squared circle again after almost turning his back on the sport.
“I’m just looking to get in there and do what I do,” he said. “I’ve been out for a while, it’s been a tough time, a hard time, I’ve thought about walking away from boxing.
“I was going to walk away a few times, I said ‘you know what, I’ve had enough’ but my mum, my brothers and people around me said ‘don’t give up, don’t give in, you’ve worked too hard.'”
By Kenny Leavett.