Dillian Whyte. Source: Reuters

Dillian Whyte is a professional boxer from the United Kingdom. He is also a former kickboxer and mixed martial arts fighter.

Source: Sky Sports

Early life

Whyte was born on April 11, 1988, in Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica. Whyte moved to the United Kingdom with his family when he was 12 years old in the 1990s. Patrick Whyte, his paternal grandfather, was an Irishman who immigrated to Jamaica from Dublin, Ireland.

Whyte stated on iFL TV several times that growing up in Jamaica was difficult, as he was “dodging bullets” and being exposed to situations that no child his age should be exposed to. Whyte was raised in Brixton, London, and trained at Miguel’s Boxing Gym.

He had previously stated that boxing had had an impact on his early life, saying: “To be honest, I didn’t do well in school, but boxing saved me and changed my life. And everything was going swimmingly because I knew it was my best chance in life.”

Career

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Since March 2021, Whyte has held the WBC interim heavyweight title, which he previously held from 2019 to 2020. He has held several regional heavyweight titles, including the British title from 2016 to 2017.

Whyte is ranked as the world’s fifth-best active heavyweight by The Ring magazine as of December 2020, and seventh by BoxRec and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. Since 2016, he has been ranked among BoxRec’s top 10 heavyweights, reaching a career-high ranking of No.5 at the end of 2018. His knockout-to-win ratio is at 72 percent.

Whyte has also competed professionally in mixed martial arts and is a former kickboxing champion, having held the BIKMA British super-heavyweight title and the European K1 title.

Notable Matches

Anthony Joshua vs. Dillian Whyte

Source: BBC

On 14 September 2015, it was announced that Whyte would face old adversary Anthony Joshua for the vacant British heavyweight title on Sky Sports Box Office on 12 December at The O2 Arena in London. 

Joshua was able to use his power to damage Whyte in the opening round. In the second round, he appeared to be hurt again, but he was able to catch Joshua with a counterpunch and follow it up, leaving Joshua clearly worried.

Whyte also hit a number of body blows near the finish of the round. This was evident in the third round, with Joshua still looking fatigued and stiff-legged. As the rounds progressed, Joshua regained his composure and took command.

Dillian Whyte vs Ian Lewison

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On September 19, it was announced that Whyte would face domestic veteran Ian Lewison for the vacant British heavyweight title on the undercard of Ricky Burns vs. Kiryl Relikh on October 7 in Glasgow.

At the weigh-in news conference, Whyte and Lewison had to be separated. Both fighters have vowed knockouts. Whyte defeated Lewison in the tenth round to win the vacant title. Lewison’s corner stopped the fight in round ten. The battle was called off because he appeared to have a nasal condition.

Although Lewison looked strong from the outset, Whyte began to take control in round three. Lewison turned his back and began blowing his nose in round eleven. Lewison began boxing defensively after that, and the fight was eventually stopped, with Whyte declared the winner.

Dillian Whyte vs Derek Chisora

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Whyte and Chisora had been feuding on social media for the past year. The fight aired on Sky Box Office in the United Kingdom as part of the undercard to Anthony Joshua vs. Éric Molina for the IBF heavyweight title. The bout was to be Whyte’s first defence of his British heavyweight title, which he won against Lewison.

Whyte won by split decision in a fight in which both fighters were hurt, with Chisora and Whyte showing a lot of heart (SD). Two judges scored the fight 115–113 and 115–114 for Whyte, with one scoring the fight 115–114 for Chisora. Chisora hurt Whyte three times during the fight, in the eighth, tenth, and twelfth rounds.

The rematch was announced on Sky Sports Box Office on November 1st, with a date of December 22nd at The O2 Arena.

Whyte won by KO in the eleventh round on the strength of a powerful left hook. Whyte had success in the early rounds, catching Chisora, but Chisora kept working and received two warnings for low blows on Whyte, which arguably changed the tempo of the fight. After the victory, Whyte yelled out Anthony Joshua and stormed out of the room in the middle of the debate.

Records

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
1 match1 win0 losses
By knockout10

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary

30 fights28 wins2 losses
By knockout192
By decision90

Personal life

Whyte is the father of two sons and one daughter. He had his first child when he was 13 years old, making him one of the youngest birth fathers ever documented. His early boxing idols included Jack Dempsey, Sonny Liston, Archie Moore, Lennox Lewis, and James Toney.

Full NameDillian Whyte
Date of BirthApril 11, 1988
Age33
Height1.93 m
Weight252.4lbs
Partner/ SpouseN/A
Children3
Net Worth£5.1million
Last UpdatedJuly 2021

Controversies

Whyte’s sample for an in-competition drugs test, which he provided following his victory over Hungary’s Sandor Balogh on October 13, was examined and found to be positive for the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine (MHA). Whyte was provisionally suspended from all competition beginning on November 5, 2012, according to the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) organisation.

The NADP determined in its first instance decision that Whyte failed to seek professional or medical advice before using the supplement Jack3d, which he purchased over the counter from a nutritional supplement shop. As a result, they stated that he “failed to discharge the burden of establishing that he was not significantly at fault” and thus could not have his sentence reduced from two years.

Whyte was thus barred from all competition for a period of ineligibility spanning 13 October 2012 to 12 October 2014, and the result against Balogh was declared null and void. Because Whyte and company exercised their right to appeal under article 13.4.1, they were barred from appealing further under the rules.

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