Watch Dillian Whyte score stunning knee KO to win kickboxing fight and claim British title in 2009
Dillian Whyte is now one of boxing’s top heavyweights, however his career path could have been very different.
Before deciding to take up the sport full-time, the British heavyweight competed in both kickboxing and MMA.
While most of the footage from his brief careers in these two sports is unavailable, one video shows Whyte kickboxing a man called Will Riva in 2009.
The ‘Body Snatcher’ dominated the bout and dropped his opponent several times en route to a huge third-round knockout.
Whyte’s brutal knee to the head cleaned out his overmatched opponent and won him the WPKL British title at the time.
It was around this period that Whyte switched focus to boxing and had his first amateur bout against a little-known youngster from Finchley called Anthony Joshua.
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That fight – in which he floored and beat the future heavyweight world champion – began a career that has led the 31-year-old to the point he’s at today.
His next fight sees him rematch Alexander Povetkin in an attempt to exact revenge for the loss which saw him knocked out by the Russian in August.
Had he won that first encounter then he was in line to challenge for Tyson Fury’s WBC title, but the Gypsy King is now destined to take on Joshua for all the belts.
But Whyte’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, is still hopeful his man gets a shot at glory.
“Must-win, because Dillian Whyte’s aim is to win a world heavyweight championship,” he said about this weekend’s rematch.
“Dillian Whyte’s aim and our aim is to get him in the position to fight for the world heavyweight championship. Without that, I don’t think he has any interest, career-wise. That is the ultimate strategy, aim, focus.
“If he loses against Povetkin, that is out – and it’s not just out for six months or a year. That could be out forever.”