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Frank Warren: Whyte Received Shorter Medical Suspension Than Spelman?

Promoter Frank Warren is shaking his head at some of the recent rulings by the British Boxing Board of Control.

Last month, heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte was brutally knocked out in five rounds by Alexander Povetkin.

Earlier this month, Warren's boxer, light heavyweight contender Anthony Yarde, shook off some rust in stopping Dec Spelman.


Warren is wondering how Spelman received a longer medical suspension than Whyte, who was knocked out cold.

Spelman was hit with a 45-day medical suspension by the BBBoC, while Whyte was only given a 28-day medical ban - and has already booked a rematch with Povetkin on November 21.

Warren also questions the reasoning for pushing Whyte to a Povetkin rematch so quickly after suffering a significant knockout.

"Spelman was handed a 45-day medical suspension despite not being knocked out. Safety first is the way the British Boxing Board of Control should look at it so there is no problem with that. But I am astonished Spelman got 45 days when Dillian Whyte only got 28 days after his brutal knockout by Alexander Povetkin," Warren said to The Daily Star.

"Spelman was hurt but he wasn't completely knocked out like Whyte was when he was caught with that huge left uppercut. Whyte needed oxygen administered in the ring which shows the seriousness of the knockout. It does seem strange that his team are allowing him to push ahead with this rematch so quickly after it was announced for November 21 this week.

"I don't blame Whyte himself, he's a fighter and would have got back in the ring the next day to face Povetkin again if he was allowed. But it is up to the team around him to advise him and my advice would have been for a longer rest after such a heavy knockout loss. I just don't see what the rush is because Whyte isn't going to get a shot at the WBC heavyweight title any sooner. His February 2021 date vanished when he got knocked out and now Tyson Fury is free to make voluntary defences for the next 12 months."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Rick Taylor on 10-04-2020

[QUOTE=thack;20793536]Like Frank says ' what's the rush'. The title shot is over. Whyte will have to rebuild win or lose.[/QUOTE] whyte will get ko worse this time tbh

Comment by thack on 10-04-2020

Like Frank says ' what's the rush'. The title shot is over. Whyte will have to rebuild win or lose.

Comment by factsarenice on 09-27-2020

[QUOTE=Tyistall;20768385]Warren always has something to say about Hearns fighters, but never anything to say about Fury and nandrolone. I wonder why that is?[/QUOTE] Fury wants people to believe that he ate the balls off some animal because he couldn't get…

Comment by W1LL on 09-20-2020

Have a feeling this will come back to bite them in the ass. Will not be a good look for Eddie Hearns and the BBBofC if Dillian Whyte suffers real lasting damage in the rematch.

Comment by Vinnykin on 09-20-2020

The suspension stuff is mostly to ban them from sparring or taking shots to the head within that suspension....... it's not like Whyte is fighting within that suspension. It is strange only being given a 28 day suspension after a…

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