Whyte’s Slaying of Browne Propels Him into World Title Contention
As far as statements go, Dillian Whyte’s sixth-round knockout of Lucas Browne was bold in the extreme.
At a time when heavyweight boxing is on the rise, Whyte was aware of the value of putting on a show to propel him into the conversation for world titles.
Browne arrived at the O2 in London looking to get his career back on track after a failed drug test, but he left a bloodied mess following a brutal demolition by Whyte.
The Body Snatcher broke his opponent down with punishing head and body shots, before the chilling left-hand hammer that sent Browne crashing to the canvas.
Following the fight, Whyte was quick to call out WBC champion Deontay Wilder, while also raising the prospect of a rematch with Anthony Joshua.
“I knew this would happen, I’m improving with every performance,” said Whyte, per the Telegraph. “Deontay Wilder, where you at? Let’s get it on, no excuse, June, London O2, let’s get it.
”I proved to everybody I am world class. I’m a good fighter. When the challenge is there, I rise.”
Joshua is the only person to inflict a defeat on Whyte, but there is no doubt the 29-year-old has improved – both mentally and physically – since his loss to Joshua at the O2 in December in 2015.
Joshua’s focus is on his unification bout with Joseph Parker at the end of the month, but a meeting with his fellow Brit is on his mind as his promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the two had talked straight after Whyte’s win over Browne.
Commenting on the prospect of facing Joshua for a second time, Whyte said: “Me and Joshua have got chemistry. When me and him step into the ring, sparks fly, we’re like lifetime lovers.”
Whyte is the number one contender to face WBC champion Wilder, so his team will begin talks with the American’s camp to get a fight in the books.
Wilder is hugely exciting and extended his unbeaten record to 40 when beating Luis Ortiz earlier in March.
With Whyte being a front-foot boxer happy to mix it with his opponents, a meeting with the American would be a mouth-watering prospect for boxing fans.
An awful lot will need to be done to get the deal signed, and there’s not likely to be any progress made until after Joshua and Parker have clashed in the ring, but there are a host of talented heavyweights out there and it’s exciting times for the division.