Hearn: Whyte Was 'Poor' Against Helenius, Fight Was a Stinker

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Eddie Hearn wasn’t particularly pleased with what he saw from Dillian Whyte in his last fight.

Whyte’s promoter deemed his performance “poor” when Whyte defeated Robert Helenius by unanimous decision in a 12-rounder on the Anthony Joshua-Carlos Takam undercard October 28 in Cardiff, Wales. Hearn added that Helenius’ reluctance to engage was at least partially responsible for the way Whyte looked that night at Principality Stadium.

The 6-feet-6, 248-pound Helenius wobbled Whyte with a right hand in the second round. Whyte was able to recover, however, and took complete control of their unremarkable bout soon thereafter.


The 29-year-old Whyte (22-1, 16 KOs) defeated Finland’s Helenius (26-2, 16 KOs) by big margins on all three scorecards (119-109, 119-109, 118-110).

Hearn expects Whyte’s fight Saturday night against Australia’s Lucas Browne (25-0, 22 KOs) to be much more entertaining than his victory over Helenius. The managing director for Matchroom Boxing also anticipates Whyte winning their scheduled 12-rounder at O2 Arena in London (Sky Sports; HBO).

“With Helenius coming in on a couple weeks’ notice, Dillian Whyte didn’t get maybe the best preparation,” Hearn told recently. “He was a bit cumbersome in that performance. I think Helenius chose to box off the back foot, and after he got hurt in the fight [in the fifth round] didn’t really wanna get involved too much. And I thought it was a bit of a stinker, to honest with you.

“But I think Browne-Whyte won’t be. Dillian is not exactly the guy who’s renowned for being in stinky fights. I mean, the [Dereck] Chisora fight, the AJ fight. He’s always in good fights. It just so happens that against that guy, who was 6-foot-8 and boxing off the back foot and holding and being awkward, he didn’t look that great.”

A victory over the unbeaten Browne would keep Whyte in the WBC’s No. 1 spot among its heavyweight contenders and could lead to a mandatory shot at WBC champ Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) later this year. The Jamaican-born, London-based Whyte has lost only by seventh-round technical knockout to Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs), who went on to win the IBF, IBO and WBA heavyweight titles.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BombSquad on 03-23-2018

[QUOTE=thack;18597660]You are completely wrong .Only Eddie Hearn wants to see a A.J. v Whyte rematch.Whyte was beaten emphatically the first time by knock out and has not looked good since.A.j. v Whyte is at this time second rate .A.J. v…

Comment by thack on 03-23-2018

[QUOTE=Clenelo;18596939]In the UK Whyte Vs. AJ 2 is a much bigger fight to make on PPV than Wilder, Wilder is still relatively unknown here. However, any fight AJ puts on will likely sell and do good numbers, but like I…

Comment by Mastrangelo on 03-23-2018

[QUOTE=Mammoth;18596972]Think so? Miller vs Whyte is the fight Hearn needs to make.[/QUOTE] Well, either a stinker or quick, pointless destruction. Miller vs Luis Ortiz I'd like to see!

Comment by Mammoth on 03-22-2018

[QUOTE=Mastrangelo;18594966]By the way - Duhaupas vs Miller is going to be a stinker as well. Step-up, Ed.[/QUOTE] Think so? Miller vs Whyte is the fight Hearn needs to make.

Comment by BombSquad on 03-22-2018

[QUOTE=thack;18595001]If Whyte scrapes past useless puncher Browne then he gets a world title shot .....'the winner gets a title shot 100%' is what has said. Sky either have to draw him in and give other promoters a chance or get…

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