Column by Jean-Paul Chartrand: And the new champion is… Dillian Whyte!

It seems to me that this cry of victory rings false. I tried every way to get it into my head that Dillian Whyte had a chance to defeat Tyson Fury and become the next WBC world heavyweight champion, but it just didn’t work.

It would be terrible if he were to win, he who refuses to participate in the publicity of his gala and who has only fought once a year since 2019.

In the world of boxing, anything is possible. Moreover, no less than 94,000 people will attend the duel on Saturday evening in London. Surely there must be some who believe Whyte has a chance. Fury is a 7-to-1 favorite to claim the win.

Whyte has been inactive for thirteen months now. He has already been dispatched to the mat by Alexander Povetkin, Oscar Rivas, Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker.

Can his chin withstand Fury’s attacks?

After all, the British giant has already laid 22 of its 31 victims. That’s 68.75% knockout efficiency.

I can’t imagine Whyte being able to lay Fury down. Maybe I rely too much on his performance against Oscar Rivas, where he found himself on the mat in the ninth engagement.

Since 2018, Whyte has only had one knockout victory. His victim was Alexander Povetkin, a 40-year-old boxer completely at the end of his rope. Moreover, the Russian decided to give up boxing following this setback.

Another thing to remember is that Whyte has not fought for thirteen months, compared to six for the Gypsy King.

I always believed that Whyte believed himself to be a better boxer than in reality. For example, he had to settle for a decision win over Mariusz Wach.

Our adopted Quebecer Arslanbek Makhmudov laid down this same Wach in six rounds.

I have to admit that Whyte is still a pretty good boxer. Not as good as he thinks, but a relatively good boxer.

I would have liked to see him against opponents the size of Deontay Wilder, Andy Ruiz, Luis Ortiz and even Arslanbek Makhmudov.

Before long, you’ll have to be rich to get those famous fights on pay TV. Last week, it cost $75.81 to see Errol Spence demolish Yordenis Ugas. This Saturday, you will have to pay another $88.33 to see the match between Fury and Whyte. That’s a total of $164.14 in two weeks. You almost have to be rich to keep up with this pace.

At this rate, there isn’t a boxing fan who will be able to spend that much money week in and week out.

Even so, Father Bob Arum believes that around 300,000 people will buy the gala in the United States and that in Europe the magic number will be over a million viewers.

Speaking of father Arum, he will be out of the game and unable to cheer on his protege Tyson Fury, in person. He is slowly but surely recovering from Covid-19 and prefers to stay at home to recover than to undertake a long trip to Great Britain. At 90, there are no chances to take.

Finally, Fury claims it’s his swan song, but I doubt he’s keeping his word. Faced with purses of 30, 40 or 50 million dollars, it is difficult to stay at home sipping a dry martini in the middle of the afternoon.

Prediction: Fury by KO before 10and round

Quick quick quick

Errol Spence has proven that his inactivity for the past 16 months hasn’t bothered him that much. Now that he has eclipsed Yordenis Ugas he plans to face Terence Crawford. And you know what? I believe Spence is capable of defeating Crawford. We’ll talk about it.

Happy retirement Yuriorkis

Yuriorkis Gamboa suffered martyrdom in his face-off with Isaac Cruz. A broken eye socket bone and possibly broken ribs.

Four times he found himself on the mat. Each time, like a true champion, he got up. But it was obvious that he was no match for his executioner.

He’s lucky to come out of it without a really serious injury, but at 40, it’s time for him to hang on. Nothing remains of the 2004 Olympics gold medalist or world welterweight champion.

I have a hard time understanding why Gamboa’s seconds didn’t throw in the towel, nor did referee Mark Calo-Oy, who was a mere spectator for four rounds when Gamboa visited the mat every round.

The best and the worst

At the moment, there are two other good boxers fighting for the title of the best heavyweight in the world. They are Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury. But who do you think was one of the worst champions of all time? If it’s not Bermane Stiverne, it’s Charles Martin. Stiverne was champion for 8 months, but Martin only reigned for 3 months.

Who is the best ?

If I was Ryan Garcia’s manager, I wouldn’t let him face Isaac Cruz. Not yet, in any case. Garcia is a good boxer, but Cruz is a monster in the ring. Garcia is only 23 years old. He has all the time ahead of him.

Erotic or erratic?

The host of the boxing gala between Connor Benn and Chris Van DerHeerden, in England, almost burst out laughing following a language error by ex-champion Carl Froch. He pointed out that Campbell Hatton’s performance against Ezekiel Gregores had been erotic instead of erratic.

Wicked difference. Froch was a better boxer than he is a linguist.

Now Kell Brook

Now that he easily eclipsed Chris Van Heerden in two rounds, welterweight Connor Benn wants to take on veteran Kell Brook. The veteran’s opposition isn’t much better than Van Heerden’s talent. On the other hand, the promoter Eddie Hearn has already offered him two contracts to face the enfant terrible, Adrien Broner. It is Broner who does not answer the call.

Good recovery Kim

If Kim Clavel had to withdraw from her championship match against Yenesia Gomez, it is because she is very ill with Covid 19. I wish her a good return to health and to resuming her career next July and possibly to do her hair the WBC crown

It pays to be a judge

Quebec boxing judge Benoit Roussel is recognized on the world stage and he is also one of the most expensive. Each fight earns him a $1,500 purse. In the bigger matches, especially on pay-TV, the sum can increase to $25,000.

A gun in the face

Admittedly, Amir Khan is unlucky. In 2018, he had to fight with thieves who were trying to steal his $150,000 Range Rover car.

This week, he was with his wife and was walking down the street in London when two bandits rushed at him, pointing a gun in his face. This poor Khan did not dare to retaliate and handed them his watch worth $72,000. But if his wife hadn’t been there… Not sure of her response…

Mayweather would like to sign Crawford

Everyone knows that Floyd Mayweather is a longtime friend of Terrence Crawford. The latter is about to end his contract with Top Rank and Mayweather would like to become his promoter.

The day Crawford will face Errol Spence, he will receive the highest sum of his career and according to Mayweather if he is with him, the biggest part of his purse will go to him and will not end up in the relatives of another promoter.

No franchise title

Devin Haney has promised not to accept the title of franchise champion if he ever manages to defeat four-time holder George Kambosos, in Australia, on June 4.

Can’t blame Haney. This franchise title makes almost no sense and has no value to true boxing fans. Moreover, it is not found at stake unless the holder makes the offer.

A challenge to Canelo

Having learned that Canelo Alvarez had already considered making a foray into light heavyweight, Oleksandr Usyk has just issued a challenge to the Mexican darling.

I believe Canelo could have beaten Ilunga Makabu at 200 pounds, but he would never make the weight ahead of Usyk.

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