Dillian Whyte's options after his crushing KO loss to Tyson Fury

Dillian Whyte must go back to square one after his crushing KO loss to Tyson Fury… The Body Snatcher could chase the loser of Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk, finally seal a bout with Deontay Wilder or could a Derek Chisora trilogy be on the cards?

  • Dillian Whyte was outclassed by Tyson Fury with a sixth-round KO at Wembley  
  • The future looks uncertain for Whyte, who must go back to the drawing board 
  • Sportsmail assesses the best options for The Body Snatcher after his defeat 

Dillian Whyte’s world title dreams have been shattered – much like his chin after being clocked by that Tyson Fury uppercut – but this is not the end of the road for the Body Snatcher.

As he was sent crashing to the canvas in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, so did his career prospects. He will have to go back to the drawing board and bide his time before rising up to a championship fight again.

Hit stock has taken a hit, but heavyweight boxing is the perfect platform to get up and go again, rebuild your profile and make a big statement. Even after outclassing him this weekend, Fury called Whyte ‘a warrior’ and tipped him to become a world champion one day.

At 34, Whyte is still at prime fighting age and the future remains bright for him should he keep plugging away. Most scorecards had him losing every round against the Gypsy King, but if he can rediscover the best version of himself then a second world title shot won’t be too far away at all.

Sportsmail has laid out Whyte’s most realistic options on the table as he ponders what’s next for his career. 

Dillian Whyte must go back to square one as he plots his next move after losing to Tyson Fury

The Body Snatcher was caught clean by a monster uppercut by the Gypsy King at Wembley

FIGHT LOSER OF JOSHUA/USYK

A rematch with Fury is something Whyte is keen on after claiming he ‘illegally’ pushed him to the ground after connecting with the uppercut, but with the Gypsy King vowing to retire – while also teasing a crossover fight with UFC’s Francis Ngannou – a second bout looks dead in the water.

A rematch with Anthony Joshua has been mooted for some time, with both fighters admitting they are keen to get it on again – though Joshua must first get through his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.

Not many are giving Joshua much of a chance against the feared Ukranian boxer, who he is set to face this summer, and Whyte may be rooting for Usyk to prevail so he can set up another grudge match with his old British rival with lower stakes.

He could wait and fight the loser of Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk, who fight this July 

Whyte and Joshua have a fiery history after their feud in the build up to their fight in 2015, where Joshua stopped him in seven rounds

It might be his best bet to face Joshua when both are at their lowest ebb. Beating him would send out a message that he is far from finished and still capable of going toe-to-toe with the world’s best.

It would also give him the perfect chance for revenge after Joshua stopped him with an uppercut of his own back in 2016. There was undeniably bad blood between them in the build up to that fight and there’s still some tension there.

In February Joshua admitted he ‘hated’ Whyte and wanted to ‘smash him’ but had been backing him to see off Fury.

‘I’m rooting for Dillian, even though I hate him and I wanna smash him one of these days,’ he said. ‘Go on Dillian, I’m with you all the way.’ 

FIGHT WINNER OF PARKER/JOYCE

The domestic scene could offer much promise for Whyte, and someone like Joe Joyce could be an interesting challenge for him as an unbeaten and highly-rated British heavyweight who has been making waves.

But with Joyce set to face Whyte’s old dancing partner Parker this summer, Whyte may have to sit tight and wait to fight the winner.

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Parker would be particularly keen to meet Whyte in the ring again after the British star gave him only his second career loss via a unanimous decision – despite downing him in round 12 and nearly securing a stoppage.

Joseph Parker and Joe Joyce are set to collide this summer and Whyte could fight the winner

Whyte outpointed Parker with a unanimous victory but Parker will want to get revenge 

Parker and Joyce met inside Wembley on Saturday night to confirm a deal to stage a fight between them, set for July, was close.

‘It’s been brewing for a while now – we’re nearly done to agreeing the fight,’ Parker said about his upcoming bout against Joyce. ‘We’re so close – we just need Frank to sign the contract and then we’re on. I’d love to fight Joe Joyce.’ 

Joyce added: ‘It’s going to be made now, it’s almost there. I’m really excited to get the party started and to get in there.’ 

With Joyce ranked as the No 1 challenger with the WBO, while Joseph Parker is No 2. Joyce is also No 2 for the WBC belt, with Parker No 3 for that title – so Whyte could do worse than targeting one of those fighters. 

DANIEL DUBOIS 

Another British dust-up potentially on offer is Joyce’s former opponent Dubois, an exciting young British heavyweight who is battling back following his first career defeat against the Juggernaut in 2020. 

Dubois was forced to take a knee in his fight against Joyce after suffering a fractured eye socket, and one of the most dangerous prospects in the country now looks much more vulnerable and would represent a huge scalp. 

Frank Warren and Dubois have previously called out Whyte in the past – with ‘Dynamite’ even predicted he would knock him out. 

Daniel Dubois is a possible target as he attempts to rebuild he career after losing to Joyce

But Whyte ramped up tensions between the pair after Dubois’ loss to Joyce, accusing him of quitting against his rival, slapping down talks over a fight between the pair, using some strong words to hit out at both him and promoter Warren.

‘I ain’t got nothing to say, man. I ain’t got nothing to say. Man’s out here quitting.

‘Man’s out here quitting in mid-fight. They were saying they wanna fight me and they were gonna knock me out. One thing with me, no quit, straight warrior.

‘If I’m losing, I’m getting knocked out. Straight warrior. And these cowards wanna mention [me]. F***ing fish eyes and Daniel Dubois, c***s.’

Whyte goaded the young heavyweight for calling him out before ‘quitting’ against Joyce

Before his latest win over Joe Cusumano in the US last summer, Dubois talked up the chance of a meeting with Whyte.

‘I’m just thinking realistically who I want to fight next. I would love to fight Dillian Whyte and have a big, big showdown with him. I’d love that, but we’ll see. We’re taking our time now and be ready for whoever is next.’

DEONTAY WILDER

Whyte had been chasing the Bronze Bomber down for years but never did get his shot at the American – then the WBC world champion when Whyte was pushing for a fight against him between 2017 and 2020. 

He had pursued Wilder relentlessly and famously screamed: ‘I’m ready Deontay! Let’s do go!’ after knocking out Lucas Browne in 2018, but that contest was always elusive to him and his rival had always appeared uninterested in fighting him.

Wilder has previously quipped ‘a king don’t chase a peasant’ when the idea of fighting Whyte was suggested to him in the past – but now that he has been knocked off his throne by Fury, the door could finally be open for a grudge match after both men were swept aside by the Gypsy King. 

Whyte has long pursued Deontay Wilder for a showdown when he was the WBC world champ

Wilder has not fought since he was handed a second successive KO defeat against Fury, but teased a fight soon after saying that the pair would ‘see each other once more’ just before his third fight against Fury, calling him ‘s*** to my toilet paper’ and ‘the scum between my toes’.

‘Dillian Whyte could have got this work,’ Wilder said last summer.

‘He ain’t nothing but s*** to my toilet paper, that I flushed a year ago. But let him keep fighting. Keep going mate. Soon we shall see each other once more and see that he grow some type of balls.

‘It doesn’t matter to me what he said to me. Silence is golden. It’s just like having many roaches and when you put that light on, they are going to scatter. You are going to kill some, but some of them are going to go get free. The ones that get free, you can only hope to get them when you put the lights on again. Run roach run.

‘He is the bottom of my feet, the scum between my toes. That’s what I look at him.’

The Bronze Bomber has always seemed uninterested but could now be the perfect time?

Whyte stung back at him and said he didn’t believe the American would ever face him in the ring.

‘Deontay Wilder is confused. He’s a very confused, deluded boy,’ he said.

‘That’s what he does, he tries to use these words to confuse people. He just talks s*** the whole time. When you ask him a question that he can’t answer, because he’s not smart enough or eloquent enough to answer, he just spins a web of talking s*** to distract from the fact that he’s a w***er basically.

‘He will never fight me, he’s a coward. He’ll make excuses. ‘Oh, keep fighting, this, that and whatever’. 

‘He should say, ‘I’ll knock out Dillian Whyte’, that’s what he should be saying. I wouldn’t be saying, ‘Oh keep fighting mate’. He’s just a first-class w***er.

‘It’s a shame that Tyson Fury is going to beat him again and then I won’t get to fight him. He’ll retire, run into the abyss and never be seen again.’

ANDY RUIZ JR

The Mexican – a former opponent of his old enemy Joshua – has been another heavyweight Whyte has had a spat with after the pair briefly discussed a fight in 2020 before slamming each other on social media.

Ruiz told Whyte: ‘You didn’t want any smoke so I moved on to the next opponent.’ 

Whyte hit back: ‘Typical coward move from fake Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr, a blob rolling away from a big payday.

Whyte was in talks to face Joshua’s old opponent Andy Ruiz Jr in 2020 before talks fell through

‘You’re all stomach and no heart. I am more Mexican than you.’

He later criticised the former world champion’s motivation and heart after stunning Anthony Joshua in 2019 before quickly losing the titles in the rematch.

‘If he wasn’t motivated when he had the whole world at his feet… He had 80 per cent of the major titles, and he wasn’t motivated.’ 

Ruiz had been a potential opponent for Whyte last summer after getting revenge over Alexander Povetkin in their rematch last March. He would go on to agree a showdown with Otto Wallin before pulling out with injury, but the Mexican’s representative said he was still interesting in facing the Brit at some point.

He called the Mexican a ‘blob’ with ‘no heart’ after he quickly lost his world titles to Joshua 

‘No, we are not holding talks regarding a potential fight with Dillian Whyte,’ his attorney David A. Garcia told Sky Sports. ‘Although I believe that Andy would welcome the opportunity to fight Mr. Whyte one day.’ 

Could now be the perfect time for the two heavyweights to collide as they both attempt to rebuild their careers? 

CHISORA TRILOGY

Dillian Whyte’s rivalry with Derek Chisora is one for the ages in boxing after two entertaining fights in 2016 and 2018. Chisora lost the first one on points – despite a handful of people believing it was a draw or even a win in his favour – though he was rocked by a powerful left hook in the second bout. 

Whyte has since moved on to build his world title portfolio but now he has been sent back down to earth by Fury, another war with his bitter rival Chisora could make sense, and it’s always one fans would tune in to watch.

Their feuds in the past have made for great entertainment – with previous editions of The Gloves are Off seeing the pair throw water at each other, while Chisora once threw a table at the press conference for their first fight.

Whyte and Chisora could ignite their rivalry for a third fight after two entertaining match-ups

Chisora was KO’d by Whyte in 2018 and fans have always shown a hunger to see the pair fight

They’ve also called each other donkeys, while Chisora left Whyte baffled by claiming he would ‘go through him like a laxative’. 

The respect is now there between them after they were seen embracing each other in the dressing room after their second fight, and Chisora even backed Whyte to knock out Tyson Fury last weekend. 

‘I’m willing to put my house on it,’ he told talkSport.

‘I’m willing to put my house on Dillian Whyte knocking Tyson Fury out. Tyson is my mate and I know he’s listening – Tyson, you’re going to get knocked out.’

When Dillian Whyte’s rematch with Povetkin was delayed by the Russian getting Covid, Chisora was straight in there looking to set up a trilogy. 

Their feud has always been lively – Chisora launched a table at Whyte during a press conference for their first fight in 2016

David Haye said after his loss to Oleksandr Usyk: ‘His hands are good, no marks on his face, completely unscathed. He is ready to go for that third fight.

‘He is ready to fight anyone for the fans. [Chisora] called me and said: “I want get straight back in there, I know that I can do better”. There are some amazing options out there. Dillian Whyte III? Who would not want to see that?’

Chisora himself had insisted he was ready, telling Eddie Hearn: ‘I would take that fight. No bruises, ready to rock and roll.’

But Whyte shot him down, writing on social media: ‘No you are not ready. You are trying to con the public. No one wants to see you go to sleep again.’ 




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