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Ben Whittaker v Leon Willings: Tale of the Tape: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records

We analyse the credentials and statistics of Ben Whittaker and Leon Willings as the two British light-heavyweight contenders get set for their dust-up on BOXXER's 'Bad Blood' fight card on Easter Sunday.

Six fights into his professional career and Ben Whittaker has already become a viral sensation.

His showboating and unorthodox punch variety in his last fight against Khalid Graidia caught the eye of some of the biggest eyes in sport and entertainment, propelling clips of the contest to cross over from social media into the mainstream.

This coming Sunday, we will likely see more of the same against Central Area light-heavyweight title champion Leon Willings.

But will Whittaker’s antics catch up with him in his seventh outing, or will it be another highlight reel KO success for the Birmingham man?

It's time to look at the 'Tale of the Tape'...
 

Ben Whittaker v Leon Willings
Tale of the Tape

TOTT

Ben Whittaker

Leon Willings

Odds:

1/50

18/1

Age:

26

23

Nickname:    

'The Surgeon'

N/A

Height:

6ft 3.5ins

6ft 1ins

Reach:

75ins

72ins

Weight:

Light-heavyweight

Light-heavyweight

Trainer:

SugarHill Steward

Terry Spencer

Record:

6-0 (5 KOs)

7-1 (2 KOs)

Last Fight:

Won - (TKO) v Khalid Graidia (February 2024)

Won - (UD) v Jake Barton (February 2024)


Ben Whittaker
In Profile

Any Olympic medallist is destined to be presented as a future world champion before our eyes.

Ben Whittaker, however, showed little enthusiasm after winning his 2020 Olympic Silver medal after losing out in the light-heavyweight final to convincing winner Cuban Arlen Lopez.

Whittaker’s personality has come to the surface in the professional ranks since making his debut with BOXXER and Sky in July 2022.

The 26-year-old has talent to burn, but so far, we haven’t seen how he fares against someone who has the ability to take him down.

With a fighting style which splits boxing fans, Whittaker is becoming must-see television.

What is disappointing, though, is Britain has a fighter with the skillset in attack and defence to go all the way... so why isn’t he being propelled on to facing tougher tests?

Whittaker has already made it clear he believes he’s ready for someone like former European light-heavyweight champion Dan Azeez.

Gifted amateur starlets are typically ready for stiffer tests far earlier on in their careers than boxing's latecomers, but until those are presented to Whittaker the public will remain split.

Foregone conclusions will only sit in the throat with fight fans for so long.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Reflexes

Untested

Hand speed

Over-confident

All-round movement

Can be reckless

Combinations

Carries head a little too high


Leon Willings
In Profile

Leon Willings' third round win over Jake Barton in March 2023 produced a genuine knockout of the year contender.

One year later, in his first defence, Willings was taken the distance by the same fighter despite having his man down on the canvas on three occasions.

Granted, it was a much-improved Barton from their first bout, but still, Ben Whittaker will represent a seismic leap in quality this Sunday.

These are the moments that fighters on the small-hall circuit dream of - a chance to make a name for yourself and pocket a decent payday at the same time.

Willings' left hook is one to note and something which Whittaker should pay attention to.

Having sparred world-class boxers like Liam Smith, and apparently holding his own during those training session, you can see why many feel there is a future in the sport for the 23-year-old.

The four-round loss to Robbie Chapman in July 2022 was alarming, but his team took it as an opportunity to realise how much work was still to be done.

Whittaker will provide the acid test.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Upper-body movement

Huge step up in class

Punch selection

Inexperienced

Left hook

Jab

Patience

Fppt-speed

Ben Whittaker v Leon WIllings

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All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.
 

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