Dillian Whyte wiki: He has held the WBC Silver heavyweight title since 2017, and previously the British heavyweight title from 2016 to 2017. Whyte is also a former kickboxing champion, having held the BIKMA British super-heavyweight title and the European K1 title, and has competed professionally in mixed martial arts.
As of November 2018, Whyte is ranked as the world’s third-best active heavyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and fifth by The Ring magazine and sixth by BoxRec.
|Born||11 April 1988Portland,
Port Antonio, |
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
Dillian Whyte Early life
Whyte was born in Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica, on 11 April 1988. In the 1990s, Whyte moved with his family to the United Kingdom at 12 years of age. His paternal grandfather was an Irishman named Patrick Whyte, who emigrated to Jamaica from Dublin, Ireland. Of his early life, Whyte has spoken of performance in academia at school in England, while adding: “I had no schooling at all when I lived in Jamaica.” Whyte grew up in Brixton, Lambeth and fought at Miguel’s Boxing Gym. He had spoken of the influencing experience boxing has had upon his early life, by stating: “I didn’t do too well at school, to be honest, but boxing saved me and changed my life. And it was going well because I knew it was my best chance in life.”
Dillian Whyte Professional kickboxing career
Originally, Whyte was a professional kickboxer, to which he became two-time British heavyweight kickboxing champion by claiming the BIKMA Super Heavyweight British Championship title, and one-time European K1 champion, while being ranked UK #1 for five years in his weight category of 95 kg +, ending his kickboxing career with a K-1 record of 20–1, before then turning to MMA. Whyte made his professional MMA debut on December 6, 2008, at the Ultimate Challenge MMA, on the James McSweeney vs. Neil Grove undercard, where he defeated Mark Stroud with a hugely destructive left hook only 12 seconds into the round; ultimately winning by KO at The Troxy.
Dillian Whyte Personal life
Whyte has three children, including two boys. He has highlighted his early boxing idols, including Jack Dempsey, Sonny Liston, Archie Moore, Lennox Lewis, Anthony Joshua, and James Toney. On 23 March 2015, as part of Evelyn Grace Academy’s Sports Week, Whyte appeared alongside footballer Brede Hangeland and rugby union player Natasha Brennan to speak to the students of his profession and to impart advice and provide inspiration.