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Back on the Whyte path


IT’S BEEN a frustrating two years for Dillian Whyte following his doping suspension in 2012, but two wins into his comeback the south Londoner is relishing the prospect of realising his dream of becoming a boxing world champion.

After his ninth straight win against Sandor Balogh, Whyte, 26, produced a positive urine sample due to the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine being found in his system.

Whyte protested that he’d inadvertently taken a pre-workout supplement, which contained the ingredient but was subsequently suspended for falling foul of strict liability laws, which dictate that every elite sports person has to be aware of what’s in their system.

The ban derailed the rapid progress Whyte was making but the heavyweight insisted he’ll never make the error again.

“You have to learn from your mistakes, that’s all there is to it really. It won’t happen again,” he said.

Whyte added: “I have a team of people around me now that are a lot more professional. They advise me on what I can and can’t take and the whole team around me feels more together.”

Whyte said on Instagram recently that his coach has had to tell him to slow his roll as he gets back into the swing of things following his time off.

Two fights in a week at the Camdem Centre in Kings Cross last month, against Ante Verunica and Tomas Mrazek, in which Whyte registered two victories, have seen the former MMA fighter extend his record to 11 wins and no losses.

Paying homage to trainer Chris Okoh, a former Commonwealth champion himself, Whyte told the Voice of Sport that it was important for him to have good people in his corner.

“In boxing it’s important to have people in your corner who you know. I’ve worked with Chris since I was an amateur and I know no matter what he’s got my back. Chris is my coach, my friend, he’s like family to me,” Whyte stressed.

In the two years Whyte has been sidelined, he has had to sit back and watch fellow Briton Anthony Joshua become the darling of a nation.

Whyte beat Joshua in a particularly ferocious fight as amateurs and many thought he would have gone on to fly the flag for the country. It couldn’t have been more different, but rather than casting an envious eye in the direction of Joshua, Whyte now looks forward to the day they may meet in the ring again.

“Honestly, I don’t watch anyone else. My ambitions in this sport are driven by myself,” he enthused.

“Obviously there is a lot of talk about some of the comments he made about me when I beat him but we’ve spoken since and he said he was upset with losing that’s way he said some of the things he did. It’s all done with now and I said to him it would be good to get it all settled in the ring as professionals.

“It might happen, it might not. I think it would be good for the British public to see that fight and we can also settle the score.

However, “I’m not going to sit around waiting for him though; there are plenty of big fights out there for me to take,” the aspiring champion underscored.

Whyte said he was disappointed by the Tyson Fury verses Dereck Chisora fight last month, as he expected better from both men. With an eye for 2015, Whyte said it was only a matter of time before he’s pitted against the likes of Fury, Chisora and other domestic fighters of that ilk.

However, Whyte said he won’t be rushing his ring education, because if there is anything he has learnt in the two years he was suspended, it’s how to be patient.

“I’m on my comeback so I am not going to rush anything. I just want to keep doing my thing and keep winning,” he said.

“Before my ban I was moving fast, I was going to fight for the English title and a lot was happening. Now I want to build up my record and ring experience. I’ve learnt a lot since I have been off, so now I just want to put what I have learned into practise,” Whyte explained.

“I’ve always been confident but now I am a million times more confident and by summer 2015, I reckon I should be ready for something special. If not, I’ll keep going.”

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