The first fight between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora in 2016 ended in a split decision for Whyte, but last night’s rematch was much more definitive. Whyte managed to knock Chisora out cold in the 11th, cementing a come from behind win that required a finish lest the scorecards go Chisora’s way.
Watch the big finish here, and an earlier foul along the way:
After the big win in London’s O2 Arena, Whyte called out IBF, WBA, and WBO champ Anthony Joshua. Unfortunately for him, Joshua’s schedule is currently a bit too up in the air for him to accept or deny the fight. Instead he said he’d consider Whyte for an April fight ... if a much anticipated fight with Deontay Wilder doesn’t come together for then.
”I’m not going to sit around and wait for him,” Whyte said afterward (via ESPN). “I’m not going to waste three, four months of my career waiting for him, waiting to hear what he’s doing. I ain’t got time for that. My career needs to progress. There’s fighters that sit down and wait two years, waiting for the call. I can’t do that, time’s ticking. I’m 30, I’m about to hit my prime now. I need to act and keep building.”
Fortunately for Whyte, he may not have to wait all that long: Deontay Wilder is expected to rematch Tyson Fury next after their wild fight earlier in December ended in a split draw. And all that smack Whyte just threw may have put a fire under Joshua to accept.
”If Deontay Wilder ain’t serious, and he’s going to fight Tyson Fury and he doesn’t want to become undisputed, Dillian you’ll get a shot,” Joshua explained to the media after the fight. “He starts piping up, so I said ‘alright cool.’ I’m quite respectful, but if Dillian steps in the ring with me, trust me, you best believe me, none of these heavyweights are on my level. I keep my lid on it, because I don’t want to explode on none of them, but I do that business in the ring, and if Dillian’s serious, he can come get this work as well.”