Dillian Whyte faces Mariusz Wach on Ruiz vs Joshua 2 under-card!
Well, all the speculation and wondering can be put to rest! Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (26-1, 18 KO’s) will return on the under-card of Andy “Destroyer” Ruiz Jr vs Anthony “AJ” Joshua 2 in a swing bout against journeyman Mariusz Wach (35-5, 19KO).
The amiable heavyweight has been out of action since his July 20 scrap with Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (26-1, 18 KO’s).
A ROCKY PAST
Outside of being dropped in the ninth round of the fight, Whyte essentially controlled the majority of the Rivas prizefight. Afterwards it was revealed that prior to the match, the Body Snatcher was flagged by UKAD. Apparently the UK fighter had some illegal chemicals in his body.
It was also discovered that Whyte, UKAD and the BBBofC staged a secret meeting on the morning of the fight in order to clear him for battle. Despite being granted the green light to fight, Whyte has yet to conclude the investigation by UKAD.
Until his investigation is completed, Whyte will not be recognized as the mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight title currently held by Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41KO). The Body Snatcher achieved that status with his win over Rivas, although the status was suspended by the WBC until at least 2021 and the situation with UKAD is resolved.
BACK TO BASICS
Wach (39), has had a busy year and will be making a quick turnaround. The Viking was just in the ring on October 5 to face the challenge of Giorgi Tamazashvili (2-6, 2 KO’s). In fact, the bout with Whyte will mark Wach’s third fight in three months. One month before he fought Tamazashvili, the Viking fought Gogita Gorgiladze (6-31, 4 KO’s).
Clearly the two “light touch” fights were meant to be confidence boosting bouts. Before facing the obscure boxers, Wach dropped three consecutive losses to Martin Bakole (15-1, 12 KO’s), Artur “Szpila” Szpilka (23-4, 16 KO’s) and Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (23-0-1, 20 KO’s).
Two fights before Big Baby knocked him out, Wach was stopped by Alexander Povetkin (35-2, 24 KO’s). Once in the ring, Whyte should be able to make easy work of the Polish fighter in an effort to reintroduce himself to the boxing world.
3kingsboxing will continue to monitor the UKAD situation with Whyte and his swiftly approaching tune-up bout!
By: Bakari Simpson