Dillian Whyte has made ‘fantastic improvements’ – Fury

Dillian Whyte has gone from unpolished gem to the finished article according to highly-respected trainer Peter Fury. So much so that he’s now ready to become a world heavyweight champion.

‘The Body Snatcher’ (27-1) has been mandatory contender for the World Boxing Council (WBC) title for more than 1000 days now – and he puts that status on the line again in a dangerous mission against Russian veteran Alexander Povetkin (35-2-1) at Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Fight Camp on Saturday August 22 (live on Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view).

Should he come out victorious there, Whyte should get a crack at the winner of Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 with the WBC’s hallowed green belt on the line.

And Peter Fury – who trained Tyson to initially become world heavyweight champion against Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015 – believes Whyte is ready to take on the biggest challenge of his life.

He told Sky Sports: “He’s a lot more relaxed. His footwork is a lot better. Before he was a bit clumsy going around the ring, he was very predictable, but now he is not.

“He’s a lot more polished, he’s relaxed and he’s boxing, he’s getting behind his jab. The improvements are endless. He’s made fantastic improvements.”

Whyte vs Povetkin Fight Poster
Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin will meet at Matchroom Fight Camp on August 22 (live on Sky Sports Box Office).

That elusive world-title shot appears now to be finally right in view for Whyte, and Fury said: “I think he’s ready. His mindset is there and I think he will win a world title. I think when he gets his time, Dillian, he’ll do it.

“He’s a good, solid fighter, and let’s not forget how much he’s come on as well. He’s improved a lot over the years, and he’s dedicated, so I see him doing big things.

“I think he’s ready for a world title, and he should lift one, as and when he gets the opportunity.”