By Barry Holbrook: Dean Whyte says his brother Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ is regrouping mentally and getting back into training after his sixth-round knockout loss against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on April 23rd at Wembley Stadium in London.
Dean says Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs) is upbeat and in good spirits despite his disappointing defeat against the unbeaten Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) two months ago.
Whyte’s career is far from over after his loss to Fury, and there are still great options for lucrative fights against former heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr, among others.
Another possibility for Whyte is a rematch with Anthony Joshua, regardless of what happens with his upcoming second clash against IBF/WBA/WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk in the summer.
To strengthen his position for a rematch against Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs), Whyte needs a solid win over Wilder, Ruiz, Robert Helenius, or Frank Sanchez.
It won’t help Whyte if he defeats a domestic level heavyweight like Kash Ali, Tom Little, or Dave Allen. Dillian needs to beat a true contender, preferably a top-ten-level guy.
“I spoke to him. He’s in a bit more of a vibrant mood, he’s happy, he’s good, he’s training, and he’s feeling better,” said Dean Whyte to iFL TV in giving an update on where Dillian is at right now after his recent defeat against Tyson Fury.
“There are big fights for Dillian. There’s Wilder, there’s Andy Ruiz, and there are so many fights at that kind of level, big fights, big money fights, and that’s where he’s at,” Dean continued about Whyte.
“I’m glad they had a friendly, amicable meeting and said, ‘As colleagues in the same sport, maybe we could run it back again? It doesn’t need to be too much animosity. We can be just acquaintances until that day again.,” said Dean about Whyte meeting with Anthony Joshua recently.
“Sometimes after a loss, you can have demons, it can affect you, and it did; it affected the whole team,” Dean said about Dillian. “But, yeah, he’s good now; he’s in a good place.
“I’m happy that he took the time to find himself because you need to find yourself because you have demons, you have questions after a stoppage loss. You start to doubt yourself maybe a little bit, and figure out what mistakes did I make, and what could I do better?
“I think a timeout is always good and is always a key. He’s had a bit of a timeout, and I think the desire and the purpose is still there. That hunger to continue to get to the world level, fighting and trying to get a world title is still there; the dream is still there.
“He’s only had three losses. This is arguably the best kid in our generation, Tyson Fury. We’ve got to give credit to him, he’s a hell of a fighter. The two other losses [for Whyte] were to gold medalists, Olympians [Alexander Povetkin & Anthony Joshua].
“Dillian didn’t have much of a pedigree, and obviously, he’s continued to learn on the job, and he’s done really well to get to this.
“We didn’t envision boxing in the world and in the UK especially would get to these dizzy heights because America is the flag of boxing. All the top guys are in America.
“If you really wanted to do it, you have to be in America. Now, we have a lot of the best champions and world champions here [UK]. It’s still the place to be. We can’t write off America.,” said Dean.