Dillian Whyte emerged on social media three months after his devastating defeat to Tyson Fury at Wembley Stadium.
The former World Boxing Council mandatory challenger, who held the top spot for over one thousand days, is looking for a comeback.
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Linked to a move away from Eddie Hearn to BOXXER, Whyte can still command decent fees despite his championship loss.
BOXXER’s Ben Shalom admitted his interest this week.
“He is a free agent, so he knows that we are interested,” Shalom told The Mirror. “He also knows that DAZN and BT are interested.
“But he is coming off a loss that he will feel he probably wasn’t himself. There are a lot of opportunities at the heavyweight division.
Earning a career six million pounds, “The Body Snatcher” was expected to take some additional time away. However, he’s now back in the gym.
English football team Sheffield Wednesday posted a video of Whyte going through the motions in the gym. Whyte was wearing some of the Championship club’s apparel.
Wednesday boss Darren Moore commented on a meeting with Whyte at the facility.
“It was great to meet him,” said Moore to Yorkshire Live. “He is a really grounded, humble guy.”
However, fans’ comments in some forums didn’t make for good reading. Some believe Whyte is only back to take a bag away before retiring for good.
One commenter stated: “Dillian Whyte looks a shell of himself here. It seems as though Tyson Fury has ruined him for good!”
Another added: Dillian Whyte is clearly only back for the money. What can he achieve now, another fight with Derek Chisora?”
Blue and Whyte 👊
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) July 14, 2022
Based in Portugal, Whyte does have options despite the negativity. They include a European title run or a top fifteen contender.
But realistically, a second world title shot is another two years away following the Fury loss. When his first attempt was over, Whyte refused to speak in the immediate aftermath of what was a devastating knockout in front of a vast UK crowd.
Fury praised Whyte but knew that the payday would soften the blow.
“Dillian Whyte is a warrior, I believe he will be world champion, but tonight he met a great in the sport. I’m one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.
“There is no disgrace. He is a tough, game man. He is as strong as a bull and has the heart of a lion.
“But he was not messing with a mediocre heavyweight. He was messing with the best man on the planet.”
Shalom added his thoughts on Whyte’s potential next move.
“Below the very top, there are some big fights for Dillian,” pointed out Shalom in his Mirror interview. “He is a proven pay-per-view star.
“Dillian is also a fan favorite. He will feel like he has a point to prove. We have been in talks, and we hope that one day we will work with Dillian Whyte.
“It will be his choice and the time when he feels ready. It was obviously a big loss against Tyson Fury and one that he will take his time to recover from.”
The views expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.