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Dillian Whyte edges past Jermaine Franklin, Anthony Joshua could be next

Dillian Whyte vs Jermaine Franklin. Photo credit: Getty Images

British heavyweight contender Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte 129-3 (19) eked by tough American Jermaine ‘989 Assassin’ Franklin 21-1 (14) by majority decision at Wembley Arena in London, England on Saturday night.

The 29-year-old Franklin started fast while Whyte, 35, struggled to get out of the gates. The left jab to the body was a particularly effective weapon for Franklin, both as a stand-alone punch and to set up shots to the head.

It wasn’t until the middle rounds that Whyte was able to work himself into the fight, but despite landing some big bombs, Franklin absorbed them well and was untroubled by the assault.

By the championship rounds it was all hanging in the balance and Whyte had to dig deep to secure the win.

The scores were 116-112 twice for Whyte and 115-115.

According to CompuBox, Franklin landed 23 more body punches than Whyte. Franklin also landed 27 more jabs than Whyte, while the hometown fighter connected with six more power punches than the visitor.

Whyte attributed his slow start to adjusting to working with his new trainer and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Buddy McGirt.

“He’s undefeated and he’s come in and given us a good fight,” Whyte said said in the ring after the bout. “For me because I’m boxing to new instructions. I could probably have been more active and let off more big shots.

“I’m ready for whatever, right now I just want to go home and relax.”

Franklin believed he had done enough to secure the victory.

“I felt like I got robbed,” Franklin said after the fight. “I felt like I did enough to get the decision. I felt like I won the earlier rounds. I just felt like I got robbed on the decision.

“I proved a lot of people wrong, I prove people wrong every day, that’s what we do.”

As for the future, promoter Eddie Hearn is looking to line up Whyte to face former WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 24-3 (22), who was ringside to catch all the action.

The bout would be a rematch of their 2015 battle that Joshua won by seventh-round knockout.

“It was a great heavyweight fight,” the Matchroom Boxing boss said. “I think Dillian Whyte had to win the championship rounds to win the fight.

“Anthony Joshua is here, his next fight date will be announced next week. I’d love it to be Dillian Whyte, maybe AJ goes first in March and then we do it in the summer but I think that’s the fight to make next.”

In an interview with DAZN before the fight, Whyte said he would be down to face his 33-year-old countryman again.

“I’ll fight Joshua tomorrow. I’ll fight him for less money,” he said.

“Whenever me and him fight, sparks fly. We just want to beat each other up. I’ll fight Joshua even when I’m 60. It’s a fight that will make you me faster, diet better, and make me go to bed at seven o’clock every day.

“My record showed that I fought one dangerous guy are another. I fought guys that no one else wanted to fight.”