What can we read from Dillian Whyte’s silence

Dillian Whyte Gilbraltor Heavyweight

Mark Robinson

Try as Tyson Fury might, he can’t seem to elicit a response from Dillian Whyte in the build-up to their fight in April despite directing repeated messages on social media at him.

It’s a curious change of tack from Whyte, given how vocal he was when he feared that he might not end up fighting Fury and once again being left high and dry as the WBC heavyweight mandatory. Of course, his continued social media presence at this stage was more than understandable.

That’s given how many times the WBC had let down the 33-year-old in the past.

However, since the WBC ordered Fury to defend his title against Whyte, the complete radio silence is hard to read. Could it be dawning on Whyte that he may have bitten off more than he can chew with Fury as his next assignment? The latest boxing odds from Betfair do lend weight to that theory after Whyte was priced at 4/1 to come out as the victor, which does tell you how much of a Herculean effort it will be for him.

Any boxing tips you may read will be assured in their predictions that Fury will win this fight, so you do wonder if Whyte’s communication blackout has anything to do with trying to make sense of his reality. Perhaps it’s a case of being careful what you wish for.

Alternatively, Whyte could have gone to the ground to shut out the noise and taunts from Fury as he prepares for the biggest night of his career. This is the more likely theory when you consider how much the Jamaican-born fighter has improved over the years and the threat he will pose to Fury when they meet in the English spring.

Granted, Whyte’s record and subsequent chances of fighting for the WBC title did suffer unexpectedly after being knocked out in August 2020 by Alexander Povetkin. Still, he answered any questions about his ability by beating the Russian through TKO in the rematch during the fourth round.

The groundswell of opinion in the boxing world seems to be that his defeat to Povetkin in 2020 was a blip more than anything and that in reality, Whyte deserves his shot against Fury and will give the current WBC champion an uncomfortable night.

Indeed, Whyte has addressed any lingering balance issues that he had at the beginning of his career and has increased the power in his hands, meaning that he now has a devastating knockout ability to call on. It’s not Deontay Wilder’s power, but then again, it’s not far off, which should ensure that the Wembley showdown in London produces a spectacle that lives long in the memory.

DILLIAN WHYTE SILENCE

With this being the case and given how many problems Dillian Whyte is bound to cause Tyson Fury, it’s best to assume that his silence will indeed carry on.

And possibly right up until the first round of their fight as the 33-year-old goes to war. Whyte aims to come out on the right side of history on the biggest night of his career.