Dillian Whyte Early Life
Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte was born on April 11, 1988 in Port Antonio in Jamaica, he moved with his family to the Brixton, London aged 12. Whyte was caught up in violent gang wars in his early days in Tulse Hill, London, and was stabbed three times, first when he was 13-years-old then again aged 15 and 16. He was shot in the leg twice for being in the ‘wrong place at the wrong time’ and then shot again on another occasion. Combat sports would be how Dillian Whyte would save himself from either jail or the morgue.
Starting out as a professional kickboxer, Whyte was ranked UK No. 1 for five years and became two-time British heavyweight kickboxing champion by claiming the BIKMA Super Heavyweight British Championship title and the European K1 championship. Whyte ended his kickboxing career with a record of 20-1, before then turning to MMA in 2008, then to boxing in 2009.
Who Is Dillian Whyte?
Dillian Whyte, height: 1.93m, was born 11 April 1988. Dillian’s dynamic boxing career is a story of perseverance and excellence. Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, Whyte moved with his family to the United Kingdom at the age of twelve. He says that he had “no schooling at all” while living in Jamaica and didn’t do well academically overall. He credits boxing with changing his life.
His fighting career began in kickboxing and MMA before turning to boxing at age 20. In his first amateur bout, he defeated Anthony Joshua, a future Olympic gold medalist. After winning five of his first six fights, his trainer Chris Okoh wanted him to remain an amateur. Due to his kickboxing background, the ABA disagreed, which led to Whyte turning pro in 2011. Boxing promoter Frank Maloney jumped at the chance to sign him after friends had seen some of his impressive sparring sessions.
Whyte’s professional career got off to a flying start. He won his first two fights by decision over Tayer Mehmed and Remigihus Ziausys within four months. His first TKO came three months later over Croatian Toni Visic, with the referee stopping the fight in the third round. Two more TKO victories came in 2012. In July of that year, Dillian Whyte fought Gabor Farkas. He knocked the six foot six inch Hungarian out in the second round for his first KO. Later on that year, after two more decisive victories, his young career took a sudden detour.
Before his last fight of 2012, against Sandor Balogue, Dillian Whyte took a drug test that later came back positive for Methylhexaneamin, a banned stimulant. This led to his victory over Baloque being stripped and a two year ban from competition. White had taken the supplement “Jack3D” and insisted that he had no idea that Methylhexaneamin was in it. He lost his appeal when an independent National Anti-Doping panel felt he didn’t do enough to make sure the supplement was clean, including consulting a medical professional before taking it.
After two years on the shelf, White returned in 2014. He warmed up with easy victories over Ante Verunica and Tomas Mrazek. After several more victories that year and the next, including a knockout of previously undefeated Georgian Beka Lobjanidze, Dillian Whyte got his first title shot. His fight against American Brian Minto for the WBC International Silver Heavyweight Title was a part of the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s title fight vs Gary Cornish. Whyte won by knockout in the third round, clinching his first title, but his clash with his old rival, Joshua was just beginning.
Since his first amateur victory over Joshua six years earlier, the two had trained together in heavyweight superstar Wladimir Klitschko’s camps in Austria. After words were exchanged in the press, Whyte confronted Joshua and insisted on a long awaited rematch with the vacant British heavyweight title on the line. In September of 2015, Dillian got his shot. But Joshua proved to be more than a match for him this time around. After six hard fought rounds, Joshua landed an uppercut that knocked him out.
The setback of the loss to Joshua and subsequent shoulder surgery did not stop Dillian Whyte on his quest for the British heavyweight title. In 2016 he fought Ian Lewison for the once again vacated belt. Though he had mocked Lewison’s weight at the press conference, leading to a near brawl between the two, the match turned out to be well contested. Whyte was victorious when, after ten rounds, the fight was stopped due to a nose problem with Lewison. He had finally achieved the coveted British Heavyweight Championship.
Having gone from Port Antonio to major title bouts at the O2 arena, Dillian White has never lost his genuine love for the sweet science of boxing. “I treat all bouts and shows with the same commitment and look forward to every fight,” he says. “If it’s a small hall or an arena show it makes no difference to me.” It’s that true love for the sport that has gotten him through setbacks in a career that continues to climb.
Dillian Whyte Suspension Lifted By WBC
British heavyweight Dillian Whyte has been formally reinstated as the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder’s World Boxing Council world heavyweight title. It comes after Whyte had a doping violation charge dropped. In June, he had provided a sample that contained traces of a banned steroid, but UK Anti-Doping has withdrawn the charge as the levels were “very low”. Whyte could now fight the winner of Wilder versus Britain’s Tyson Fury.
That contest is set to take place in February 2020 in America, with the WBC saying Whyte will fight for a world title for the first time “on or about February of 2021”. After Whyte defeated Oscar Rivas in July, it was revealed that an out-of-competition urine sample collected by Ukad a month earlier had yielded an adverse finding, although he passed all his tests with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (Vada) and had been allowed to fight.
The WBC then provisionally suspended Whyte, whose only professional defeat came in a non-title bout against Anthony Joshua in September 2015. Earlier this month Ukad announced it was withdrawing its charge against Whyte, who gained a unanimous points win over Poland’s Mariusz Wach on the undercard of Joshua’s revenge win over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
“UK Anti-Doping and the professional boxer, Dillian Whyte, can today jointly confirm that Mr Whyte was charged with an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) earlier this year, but that this charge has now been withdrawn,” announced the UK-based testing agency in a statement through its press office.
UKAD came to a final conclusion that Whyte’s adverse test was due to contamination, which BoxingScene.com previously mentioned as a possibility due to the low trace levels of the two metabolites.
“In light of the WBC’s own finding and of Ukad’s withdrawal of the claim against Mr Whyte, the WBC has closed its internal investigation.
“The WBC is hereby lifting its provisional suspension and confirming its recognition of Mr Whyte as WBC Interim world heavyweight champion.”
“The charge was brought after a sample provided by Mr Whyte on 20 June 2019 indicated the presence of two metabolites of a steroid,” explained UKAD in a statement. “UKAD initiated an investigation with which Mr. Whyte cooperated fully. UKAD has accepted the explanation provided by Mr Whyte and, in accordance with the UK Anti-Doping Rules, the charge against Mr. Whyte has been withdrawn.
“This would ordinarily mean that UKAD would not make any public statement, in accordance with the applicable confidentiality rules to which UKAD is subject. However, since certain confidential information relating to this matter (including the fact of the initial charge) has unfortunately made its way into the public domain, UKAD and Mr Whyte have agreed to take the unusual step of releasing the following limited information to put an end to speculation concerning Mr Whyte’s status.”
Dillian Whyte Biography and Profile