By: Sean Cross
“It’s a must-win fight on Saturday,” promoter Eddie Hearn said at the final press conference for this weekend’s Dillian Wyatt-Jermaine Franklin heavyweight bout in London. Hearn’s fighter White was last seen in brutally memorable fashion last spring at the WBC and pinned Tyson Fury, the reigning heavyweight king. If he loses to Franklin, a largely unknown but undefeated American, why should he consider retirement? However, he exuded confidence during his press conference on Thursday. “One thing you have to know is that I can fight, and I can fight,” he told the media. It’s as simple as that. Either way, I’ll do it. Simple as that.”
Whyte indicated that he sees Franklin as a tough opponent. “We know what’s in front of us,” Witt said of his opponent. “He is young and dangerous. He is obviously undefeated and full of beans, as we say here in the UK. It’s up to me to beat him one by one. That’s what I do. Witte, now 34, was undoubtedly the top contender in the post-Klitschko era of boxing, but went up against the likes of Fury and Anthony Joshua.
Meanwhile, Whyte seems to be well aware of the fact that he is being counted on for damaged goods in this part of his career. “Nowadays people are thinking that I am a wounded lion. he said. “All these hyenas are looking to get in and a little flame here and a flame there. They have to remember that at the end of the day I’m still a hunter and what hunters do is what kills them. To prepare for this weekend’s hunt, Whyte has teamed up with legendary American trainer Buddy McGirt.”
“Dillian has more power than punches,” McGirt said. “After two weeks with him, you see that this guy has a very good boxing IQ. He does a lot of different moves, it’s hard and crazy but it works for him. If I ask him why he did that, he’ll explain why. I’m great. Let’s not fight or make it a little more efficient. Great. It was training camp so I have no complaints.