Dillian Whyte generally prefers feeling like the underdog anytime he steps inside the ring.
Objectively speaking, however, the Jamaican-born, London-based Briton will be the clear betting favorite when he takes on Michigan’s Jermaine Franklin this Saturday at Wembley Arena in London. Whyte is hoping to bounce back from his brutal knockout at the hands of countryman Tyson Fury in their WBC heavyweight title bout in April.
In a recent “face off” interview published on Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel, Whyte expressed his amusement with Franklin’s trashtalking. The two have been mentioned as a possible match-up stretching back to last year.
“He’s coming to fight and stuff,” Whyte said. “A lot of Americans talk sh!t. They gonna do this, they gonna do that. They gonna do this. A lot of people underestimate me all the time. It’s nothing new. It’s good, it’s good, it’s good. He’s saying the right things. He’s not coming to say he’s trying to do this. He’ saying I’m gonna knock him out. So that’s even better for me. That’s good for me, man.”
“I’m about to punch those dreads off your head, man,” Whyte added.
Whyte said he is eager to put the Fury fight behind him now, although he has indicated that his goal is to get a rematch with the Manchester native.
“That fight was then,” Whyte said of the Fury fight. “This is now. I don’t really give a f--- about the Fury fight. That happened, I wasn’t myself. I didn’t perform the way I should. It’s good. Now I’m able to get fights like this.
“We’ve been trying to fight this guy (Franklin) for a minute. Trying to fight him for a while. He’s been acting like I’ve been hiding from him and stuff. We’ve been trying to fight a long time ago … He kept saying, ‘not uh. My wife is doing this, my kid is doing this. This and that.’ You’re a professional boxer, you get in the ring and you fight regardless of what’s going on in your life.”