Exclusive: Sky Sports’ Adam Smith discusses Whyte v Browne

Joe Hewlett 24/03/2018

Tonight, the UK embraces the first of several huge heavyweight events during the upcoming months between Dillian Whyte and Lucas Browne.

The pair will finally their war-of-words once and for all as they battle it out to become the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder’s WBC crown.

There has been a huge amount of hype towards their encounter at the 02 with both vowing to win inside the distance.

“However, talk is cheap and Adam Smith is hoping the fight captures the publics imagination.

“I always say to my team beforehand, we can do whatever we like before the fight but when the first bell goes it’s up to the fighters to deliver,” he exclusively told World Boxing News.

“With AJ and Klitschko, we did months of organising the biggest stage ever in 90,000 people attending and you have your fingers and toes crossed that after all that build-up the fighters will give you something to remember.


On that occasion they did, but I was also ringside when Tony Bellew and Nathen Cleverly met for the second time and wish I wasn’t after a round – so did the fighters and Eddie I think.

“I’m hoping Whyte and Browne give a cracking heavyweight duel,” he added.

The Head of Sky Sports Boxing believes it be an intriguing contest between the two heavyweight contenders. Smith has stated the importance of Whyte remaining in control of his emotions ahead of their heavyweight tussle.

“Browne is undefeated in 25 fights, he has huge power, he’s raw, what he lacks in the skills department he makes up in heart and determination so he’s not going to want to go anywhere.

“The question is whether Dillian can outbox him on the outside and not get too engaged, whether he’ll get frustrated or if the crowd get frustrated when he’s not getting engaged meaning he gets involved and if so, the fire is then lit.

“We could be in for something special but the danger for Whyte is that he gets caught by a couple of big shots by Browne. I expect Dillian to come through it and let’s hope it’s a really good fight. The important thing for Whyte is the victory,” he concluded.

Watch Dillian Whyte against Lucas Browne, tonight at The O2, live from 7pm on Sky Sports Action.

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Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95