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Dillian Whyte vs Jermaine Franklin~Who Wins


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--- This Nov 26th @Wembley Franklin takes a massive step up vs proven contender Whyte, the problem for Whyte being I don't think he can hold a punch after Povetkin left him DOA.

Franklin is nothing special other than being big, younger, decently tested, and now having the book on how to defeat Whyte.

But can he pull it off? Whyte been KOed the last 2 of 3 fights.

https://boxrec.com/en/event/863909/2904210

 

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This may come down to Whyte's motivation. Fighting for world titles, now he's gotta climb back up the ladder from the middle rungs. Fighting on his home turf against an opponent skipping a few steps of preparation for a fight of this caliber, Whyte should come through this one. But let's see him on weigh-in day to measure his readiness. An alarmingly high number will be a red flag. I think it's a positive that he's getting back in the ring relatively soon after the Fury loss. Back on the bike and get pedaling again. He's still a high level contender; 2 or 3 wins will rehab his bonafides.

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Quite an interesting fight.

 

I like Franklin a LOT.    He has skills,  and really fast hands.   Sadly, not much power,  but it's good to have a slick HW in the division not named Oleksandr.

Franklin's big problem is his weight, which currently seems out of control.    Against Booker (2019) he looked like a beach whale, and he "only" weighed 245 lbs.  

In May 2022 he came in at 277 !

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If Franklin somehow gets past Whyte,  then he should fight Ruiz.  Call it  "The Battle of the Bulge II "

(Casuals will think it's an actual rematch.  Imagine the confusion.  lol. )

 

It could be sponsored by Snickers.

 

Lizzo could sing the National anthem.

 

 

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Whyte is around his usual weight; Franklin 20lbs lighter than his last fight.  Wardley and Gorman around their usual weights. Though Gorman could do with being lighter.

Big chance for Franklin to get a big win and earn a money fight, with Joshua. For Whyte, he could be a fighter on the slide. Needs a solid performance, to show he still has something to offer. I'm expecting Wardley to get past the Gorman test though Eric Molina troubled him, so Gorman really could trouble him.

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10 hours ago, WelshDevilRob said:

Franklin 20 lbs lighter than his last fight. 

 

That's really surprising,  but speaks volumes.   Whyte could always manage a good flurry and pull it out, but I think he's going to get humiliated.

 

 

And Wardley on the same card -  Yowsa!   One of my absolute favorite up & comers.  All Gorman has is a right hand. It should be a walk in the park for the supremely athletic and powerful Wardley. - As long as the ref keeps Gorman from constantly clinching. (Which he loves to do.)

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--- Whyte looking like he was fighting underwater all 12 rounds very dispirited. Franklin with a good set of jiggling tltties got in plenty of work, but clearly unable to take advantage of a weak Whyte though he tried and seemingly hurt Whyte several times with silly putty punches.

Whyte did almost KO Franklin in the closing sec of the 12th, and with most Brits crying Robbery, Whyte with a Majority Draw with two cards 116-112 for Whyte. I thought he nicked it, but either way wouldn't have bothered me.

Fabian got beat up around the face some and bleeding badly, but poor Gorman couldn't even seem to hold a light punch, so after several KDs, corner tossed the towel in the 3rd.

AJ at the fights still the biggest celebrity going.

 

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Trivia question:

 

Which number is higher,  the amount of clinches Wlad instigated vs Povetkin, or the number of blatant low blows Whyte landed on Franklin?

 

And just one single warning.  What a joke.   (Let alone those scorecards.)  

 

 I don't think Franklin fought perfectly.  Whyte was a big step up for him and Whyte's toughness probably stymied him a bit.  (Let alone all those low blows)  But he still looked pretty good, and his stamina was surprisingly good right until the final bell.    This robbery will of course set his career WAAAY back, which is yet another blow to the sport as a whole,

 

Dillian Whyte can go suck eggs.  (Along with Hrgovic.)

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As for Wardley -

 

He didn't look as spectacular as I'd hoped,  but still extremely promising.  At least now we know he has a good chin and toughness.  Plus he'll surely learn from this fight.  (Watch out for uppercuts!)

 

I still have high hopes for the guy, though he's not quite on my "Top 5 HW prospects" list.

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