Ben Whittaker Flattens O’Neil In Light Heavyweight Debut!

Benjamin Whittaker Makes Successful Pro Debut!

Ben Whittaker poses at weigh-in for fight with Greg O'neil
Benjamin Whittaker

Ben Whittaker Shows Out In Pro Debut Against Greg O’Neil!


For better or worse, July 30 marked the professional debut of light heavyweight boxer Ben Whittaker (1-0, 1 KO). The amateur standout, who captured the Silver medal in the Tokyo Olympic games, had a great deal of attention on him in that match against Greg O’Neil (6-7-1, 1 KO). Complete with a slick style and cocky attitude, within the first minute of the match he was clowning and mugging for the crowd.

Trained by Sugar Hill Steward, and utilizing the Kronk Gym seek-and-destroy style, Whittaker easily controlled the fight throughout the opening round. At times though, he began showboating to almost comical levels.

To his credit though, at the top of the second round, a loopy right whipped over an incoming jab and cracked O’Neil in the temple. The sharp shot deflated him to the canvas and there is where the fight concluded. Naturally, Whittaker was elated during his post-fight interview and was eager to hop back in the ring as soon as possible. If all goes according to plan, Whittaker will next appear on the undercard of Joshua versus Usyk on August 20.

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By: Bakari Simpson

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