Dillian Whyte ‘The Body Snatcher’ will fight Jermaine Franklin in hopes of returning to his winning streak on November 26th on DAZN at the OVO Arena in London, England.
Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs) looked bad in the recent sixth round knockout loss to Tyson Fury last April in a shot at the WBC heavyweight belt holder.
The fight brought a huge crowd to Wembley Stadium, but Whyte looked unscathed in this match and did not lose ground in the fight before Fury knocked him out in the sixth round.
Another loss like this for Whyte could ruin his chances for big paydays in the future, which is why it’s so important that he defeats Franklin on November 26th. Franklin is a man that Whyte has wanted to fight for a long time, as he was seen as a possibility last summer.
Undercard fight for Whyte-Franklin:
- Fabio Wardley vs Nathan Gorman
- Craig Richards and Richards Bolotniks
- Sandy Ryan vs Magali Rodriguez
Franklin is not well known in America or Great Britain. If Eddie Hearn is assuming that American boxing fans are familiar with Franklin and are excited to see Whyte fight this man, he is sadly mistaken. It’s safe to say that none of the boxing fans in America have heard of Franklin.
With this being a contact fight to boost Whyte’s confidence and to make sure he doesn’t lose, it’s understandable why he was matched up against an unknown fighter like Franklin.
For Franklin, this will be the first opponent he has ever faced in his career. Until now, Franklin has been fighting with smaller people, which has helped him not to be defeated.
Franklin’s last seven opponents:
- Rodney Moore – 46 years old
- Pavel Sour – 40
- Jerry Forrest is the man on the moon
- Rydell Booker – 41
- Craig Lewis – 38
- Ed Fountain
- Cory Phelps
With opposition like that, it’s understandable why Jermaine Franklin has amassed a 21-0 record, and it says a lot about how motivated he is to win.
Picking Franklin shows that Whyte doesn’t want to take a chance on a rematch and ruin his chances of a big money fight with Anthony Joshua.
The 35-year-old Whyte’s career has not been good with his previous losses. But despite the loss, Whyte remains a popular heavyweight in the UK and could have a profitable fight against Anthony Joshua in 2023, as long as he defeats the 28-year-old Franklin (21-0, 14 KOs).
Whyte is ranked #7 WBC & #10 IBF. If he can beat Franklin and get two more wins against elite opposition, he’ll be in world championship contention once again.
Given Whyte’s popularity in the UK, he could certainly get another title shot at Fury without the need to make his way to a mandatory venue.
Of course, it would be bad for Whyte fans to be given another shot at the belt in front of more deserving contenders. However, if Fury chooses to give Dillian a payday, as he does with a close fight with nationally ranked contender Derek Chisora, it won’t matter if he doesn’t work himself into a mandatory spot.
At this point in Whyte’s career, it’s unlikely he’ll work his way back into a mandatory position because he’ll need to beat a heavyweight to get to that position, and his endurance potential could get in the way of that happening.