‘The Bodysnatcher’, Dillian Whyte steps back into the ring this June when he takes on fellow Heavyweight, Mariusz Wach at the O2 Arena, Live on Sky Sports.
Whyte overcame a gruelling test of stamina and power when winning against Dereck Chisora in Manchester, where the two boxers went toe to toe for 12 rounds, with Whyte claiming the win via a narrow points victory.
Now Dillian Whyte looks further down the line as he attempts to progress up the ranks, fighting the best boxers in order to gain a world title shot within the next year. His first fight on the road to the title will be against the Pole, Mariusz Wach.
Wach, who is ranked 7th in the WBC and 14th in the IBF, took Wladimir Klitschko the full distance for his four world titles back in 2012 and Whyte knows the danger that the Pole can be ahead of the bout on the 3rd June.
“I’m super excited to be headlining at The O2,” said Whyte. “I’ve being working hard to be a standalone headline fighter and to headline against someone of the stature of Mariusz Wach is great.
“He’s a good fighter. Tall and rangy and he throws a lot of body punches and uppercuts. He’s Polish so of course he’s going to be tough and bring that warrior spirit. He’s a tough guy so I’ll have to work hard. I believe I have what it takes, the resilience, tenacity, skills and heart to beat him. Possibly a stoppage if I apply the right game plan.”
“He’ll come to fight, use his range. It is Heavyweight boxing – you can’t guess what these fighters are thinking. You have to prepare for all outcomes.”
“He’s challenged for a World title and he’s the man who gave Klitschko problems and put up a good fight against Alexander Povetkin too – two of the best fighters we’ve had in the past 10 years. It shows how tough he is. He just beat Erkan Teper as well so it’s a very tough test.”
The 29 year old is confident he can show the world he means business when it comes to challenging for a world title.
“I want to fight for a World title in the next year. I’m in a good position to be in with my rankings but I know that Wach is a dangerous customer and can ruin my dreams, so I have to be at my very best and take him out in style to prove I mean business at the top level.”
There’s a stacked card in support of Whyte’s clash with Wach, led by British Light-Heavyweight champion Frank Buglioni defending his title for the first time against Ricky Summers. Buglioni was set to defend his belt against the unbeaten Tipton man in Greenwich in March on the undercard of Tony Bellew’s epic win over David Haye, but injury forced him to postpone. Buglioni puts the belt on the line for the first time since ripping it from Hosea Burton in a dramatic 12th round stoppage win in Manchester in December.
A host of young London talents are set to appear on the bill in the form of Reece Bellotti, Ted Cheeseman, Isaac Chamberlain, Rio Olympian Lawrence Okolie, Craig Richards, Jake Ball and Danny Dignum.
Tickets go on sale to O2 Priority members at 4pm today (19th April) priced Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £120 and £250 VIP.
Tickets go on sale to Fight Pass members at 10am on Thursday 20th April via www.stubhub.co.uk
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