Whyte cooks up world-title shot
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.”