Dillian Whyte’s Horrible 2019 & A Look To 2020
By Jack Thomas Davies
2019 was an entertaining year for the heavyweight division. Although a lot of the time was spent waiting for the top contenders to face one another, we were instead entertained by a number of upsets and spectacular knockouts.
Yet, Dillian Whyte spent his year waiting, fighting a battle to clear his name and facing Oscar Rivas and Maruisz Wach in his only two fights in 2019.
Whyte fought at the O2 Arena in the middle of the year and impressed with a points win over the somewhat avoided heavyweight and previously unbeaten Rivas.
However, it is not the competitive twelve rounds against the Colombian that caused the most headaches. Just a few days after the match-up, Whyte was pulled on a ‘failed’ drugs test which was leaked by Thomas Hauser in an article for Boxing Scene.
With the situation still unclear, Whyte was announced to be fighting on the undercard of the Ruiz vs Joshua II rematch in Saudi Arabia.
Although since the initial article Whyte had remained quiet while fighting the legal battle, UKAD eventually announced just hours prior to the fight that he was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Clearly still effected from the situation and not in prime fighting shape, Whyte managed to labour his way through a points win against the durable Wach.
Although quite understandably he was not at his best, but seeing Whyte back in the ring was welcomed by most fans and he can now look forward to the future without a possible suspension hanging over him.
Whyte will be glad to put 2019 behind him. Many fans had scolded him for the alleged failed test, and now that he has been proven innocent there are still fans who somehow expect him to have something to prove to them.
The reality is that Whyte has been treated unfairly and most can understand his frustration with the WBC.
Waiting over 800 days as the WBC number one contender, Whyte may be better suited to facing lower opposition until his chance finally comes around.
Yet, he intends to face the dangerous Alexander Povetkin in what would be his fourth opponent to have held or go on to hold a world title. Povetkin stopped Wach four years ago while Whyte went the distance with the Polish heavyweight last month.
After his recent run of facing some of the best heavyweights around, Whyte looks as though that pattern is set to continue in 2020, as he seeks his long-awaited chance at the world heavyweight title.