Dillian Whyte Says Jermaine Franklin Was the Obvious Loser
When last in the ring, heavyweight boxer Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (29-3, 19 KO’s) had his back against the wall. Whyte, 32, was coming directly off a loss to WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and was 1-2 in his last three outings. This is precisely why he was facing the little heralded Jermaine “989 Assassin” Franklin (21-1, 14 KO’s). If he was not able to best him, it was largely believed that his career was practically over.
Despite the pressure that he was under going into the match, The Body Snatcher was able to emerge with the victory by way of majority decision. Trouble is, there is a sizable chorus of people who think that the wrong man got the nod. Unsurprisingly, Franklin himself is leading of the choir. Equally unsurprising, as he told to SecondsOut, Whyte is not offering any kind of ear to Franklin or those disputing the win.
“Frankly, he can say whatever he wants, these guys are ungrateful. He made 40-grand for his last fight, he got paid to fight me. You guys are ungrateful. But he is a fighter and a competitor, so of course he going to go, ‘oh yeah, I won!’ Like, I don’t complain about the knockdown that they didn’t give me. Listen, he was gone and the ropes kept him up and, in the world, that is a knockdown.”
A GLIMMER OF HOPE?
Despite his not exactly being interested in staging a rematch with 989 Assassin, Whyte is not rebuking the fact that the fight was close.
“Listen, I am an honest guy, it was a close but I won the fight clearly by three rounds.”
At the moment, The Body Snatcher and his team are trying to set up a 2023 rematch with two-time unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Obviously, if Whyte had his choice, he’d fight Joshua over Franklin. And, who could blame him for that decision? Yet, if Whyte versus Joshua 2 did not materialize, then there are a lot worse prizefights to be contracted outside of Whyte versus Franklin 2. So, let’s kick back and see how it all plays out.
By: Bakari Simpson