Dillian Whyte says he advised his protege Alen ‘The Savage’ Babic to move down to cruiserweight and dominate there before resuming his heavyweight career.
But Whyte says the 29-year-old Babic is very much his own man and believes he can rule in boxing’s marquee weight class.
But he weighed in at just 14st 3lbs for that bout, pretty small for a heavyweight and around five stones lighter than lineal king Tyson Fury for example.
His mentor Whyte told Sky Sports: “It’s always a concern (Babic’s size) because he’s not the tallest of guys, not the biggest of guys. But he’s so tenacious and he’s relentless as well. It can be his advantage as well because being small and being able to press the guys and stay on the inside as well, because he’s so tenacious even if the fight goes late he puts a lot of damage mentally and physically on his opponents
“I’ve told him before, I think before he should move down to cruiserweight because he can dominate at cruiserweight and move back up to heavyweight. But Alen wants to do his own thing, he wants to be a heavyweight and he believes he can be heavyweight champion of the world.
“So all I can do is just support him the best I can.”
A force of nature
Sunday’s third-round win over Kennedy was another all-action show from Babic, and Whyte says his man is just as relentless outside the ropes as he inside them.
“I was very impressed. Alen comes to fight and he wants maximum violence all the time. The guy actually spars five times a week whether he’s got a fight or not.
“He just loves it, he lives for this. That’s what he enjoys doing so I’m just happy to be in a position to give him a chance to do what he enjoys doing.”
Whyte meanwhile is now preparing for his rematch against Alexander Povetkin. That bout will again be a Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view, on Saturday November 21