Dillian Whyte returns to the ring on Saturday night to take face the unbeaten Jermaine Franklin at Wembley Arena.
Whyte has suffered three defeats in his 31-fight professional career, against the Gypsy King, and Alexander Povetkin, but at the age of 34 the feeling is that the Londoner may still have a couple of big performances in the tank.
Franklin has never mixed it with anyone near the level of Whyte and the Michigan man’s career has been plagued with periods of inactivity. However, the 29-year-old brings the confidence of an unbeaten fighter to the ring and it will be interesting to see how the American performs.
|What||Dillian Whyte vs Jermaine Franklin|
|Where||Wembley Arena, London|
|When||22.00, Saturday, November 26, 2022|
|How to watch||DAZN|
|Odds||Dillian Whyte 1/14, Jermaine Franklin 13/2|
The contest will take place on Saturday, November 26, 2022
The Wembley Arena card starts at 7pm. Whyte and Franklin are scheduled to enter the ring at 10pm, but the exact timings will be dependent on the duration of the undercard bouts.
The bout will take place at Wembley Arena. The venue has a rich boxing history, with British heavyweight greats Frank Bruno, Lennox Lewis and Tyson Fury all having boxed at the London venue.
The 1948 Olympic boxing events were held at Wembley Arena and it has also played host to Premier League darts. The setting underwent a revamp in 2006 and the 12,500-seat facility is London's second-largest indoor arena.
The fight will be shown live on subscription streaming service DAZN. The bout will be available in over 200 countries and can be viewed on a myriad of devices.
Whyte is the short-priced 1/14 favourite. The Body Snatcher comes into this contest on the back of a defeat, but the Brixton boxer takes a huge step down in class. Franklin is rated a shot to pull off a major shock and extend his 21-fight unbeaten record.
There are no belts up from grabs in this heavyweight contest. Whyte held the WBC interim heavyweight crown prior to defeat to Fury, but the Londoner failed in his bid to claim a world title proper. Franklin has never fought for a belt of any description and that won’t be changing here.
Whyte has won 27 of his 31 professional bouts, with three defeats and one no contest. The Body Snatcher has been beaten by Fury, Joshua and Povetkin, but the Londoner does have some impressive victories on his record.
The Brixton banger has got the better of Oscar Rivas, Derek Chisora, Joseph Parker and Mariusz Wach and he has also avenged his knockout defeat to Povetkin.
Many fancied Whyte to give Fury a tough time when that pair clashed earlier this year, but that didn’t really materialise and it was a rather lacklustre display from the Londoner. The Body Snatcher has seen 18 of his 27 victories come by stoppage, but only two of Whyte’s last six bouts have gone the distance.
Franklin brings an unblemished record to the ring, but it’s a card of very little substance. The Michigan man is undefeated in 21 bouts, but many have those have been extremely low-key contests and this is a major step up in class for the American.
The 29-year-old did record a hat-trick of decent victories over Jerry Forrest, Rydell Booker and Pavel Sour, but that was in 2019 and Franklin has fought just once since that trio of triumphs.
The American has recorded 14 knockout victories, but four of his last five bouts have gone the distance.
There’s an excellent British heavyweight title fight between Fabio Wardley and Nathan Gorman, while Craig Richards faces Ricards Bolotniks.