Whyte cooks up world-ti­tle shot

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Tour De France - By Gareth A Davies

Dil­lian Whyte, once the bad boy of British box­ing, puts his new­found ma­tu­rity to the test in the most im­por­tant fight of his life to­mor­row.

The 31-year-old heavy­weight could be­come the oblig­a­tory challenger for the World Box­ing Coun­cil ti­tle if he beats Colom­bian Os­car Ri­vas at the O2 Arena.

Whyte’s ring nick­name was once “Dil­lian the Vil­lain” but his tran­si­tion to cult hero af­ter vic­to­ries last year over Lu­cas Browne, Dereck Chisora and Joseph Parker has earned him a bulging bank ac­count, as well as wider fame, recog­nised by an in­vi­ta­tion to com­pete in the up­com­ing se­ries of the BBC’S Celebrity Masterchef.

The show also in­cludes Kel­lie Maloney, for­merly the box­ing pro­moter and man­ager Frank Maloney.

“It was great to be in­volved in the se­ries and I learnt a few things, too, in­clud­ing how to use knives pre­cisely in the kitchen,” ex­plained Whyte – a nod to the boxer’s vi­o­lent south Lon­don past.

“It is re­ward­ing to be recog­nised for what I have achieved, but I want to win a world ti­tle, and I won’t be sat­is­fied un­til I have fought An­thony Joshua again, Deon­tay Wilder and Tyson Fury,” he said.

“But what I have learned, while I earned my right to get a world ti­tle, but did not get it, is to have pa­tience.”

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