Whyte vs Franklin Undercard Features 3 Championship Contests, Two Olympians In Wembley Arena Bill
Dillian Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs) faces undefeated American contender Jermaine Franklin (21-0, 14 KOs) on his highly anticipated return to the ring this Saturday, November 26 at the OVO Arena, Wembley, live worldwide on DAZN.
Whyte challenged WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, at England’s national stadium earlier this year but suffered a convincing sixth-round stoppage defeat. Franklin marks the beginning of an ascent to a second world title chance.
A major pay-per-view, stadium headliner fight with Anthony Joshua early next year has been dangled at Whyte should he be able to get through Franklin unscathed. Franklin hopes to upset ‘The Body Snatcher’ and instead face Joshua next spring.
Whyte vs Franklin Championship Fights
In a highly-anticipated domestic title tilt, Ipswich’s English champion Fabio Wardley (14-0, 13 KOs) and British title challenger Nathan Gorman (19-1, 13 KOs) meet for the British Heavyweight title.
Gorman previously challenged for the Lonsdale belt when he met Daniel Dubois in 2019 but suffered a largely uncompetitive 5th-round TKO defeat. It was widely known after the fight that Gorman had personal/family issues going into that bout and did not train as well as he would’ve liked or was as mentally prepared as he should’ve been.
Wardley, a white-collar fighter turned pro with no amateur experience, has impressed with his punch power, consistently blasting his opposition out early. The Ipswich fighter stopped domestic foe, Nick Webb, inside just one round at ‘Fight Camp‘ last year, a fight many saw as a 50-50 going in.
Wardley has added trainer Ben Davison to his team and hopes to implement more skill and technical ability in his game.
WBA title challenger Craig Richards (17-3-1, 10 KOs) faces Latvia’s Ricards Bolotniks (19-6-1) in his first outing since a tight 12-round points decision to unbeaten Joshua Buatsi back in May. Richards challenged for Dmitry Bivol‘s light heavyweight championship in May of last year proving himself in a respectable performance
Bolotniks also faced defeat to Buatsi when he was the step-up opponent for the 2016 Olympic medalist in the third edition of 2021’s ‘Fight Camp‘. Since then, Bolotniks ripped the unbeaten record away from Hrvoje Sep (11-0) on a Matchroom Spain card earlier this year and has been patiently awaiting another opportunity.
Derby’s Sandy Ryan (4-1, 2 KOs) defends her WBC International Super Lightweight title against Argentina’s Anahi Ester Sanchez (21-5, 13 KOs) in another step towards one of the 140-pound belts currently held by Chantelle Cameron.
Whyte vs Franklin Undercard
2020 Olympian Cheavon Clarke (3-0) will face Argentina’s Jose Gregorio Ulrich (17-5) over 8 rounds at cruiserweight. Clarke has amassed 3 knockouts in his 3 pro bouts this year anged has already shown an exciting style with the intention to quickly move through the ranks.
Ulrich held the WBC Latino title from 2016 to 2018 making four successful defences. The Argentinian’s last two contests were against world-rated fighters in Mateusz Masternak and Mike Perez, extending them both over six rounds. Putting 3-0 Clarke in with Ulrich is a big statement.
2020 Olympic silver medalist Pat McCormack (2-0) takes on Argentina’s Christian Nicols Andino (16-5-2) over 6 rounds at Welterweight. Andino, a former WBA Fedebol champion, has only been stopped once in 23 outings and marks a good learning fight for McCormack on paper.
McCormack is widely regarded as one of the best talents in British and world boxing. He competed at 69kg (152lbs) in the amateurs winning Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2019 European championships in addition to his Olympic achievement
Highly touted, Ben Davison-trained prospect Mark Dickinson (3-0) meets fellow Brit Gideon Onyenani (4-2) over 6 rounds at Middleweight. Dickinson, an eight-time national amateur champion and Team GB sensation, signed with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing (McCormack) in late October.
The 23-year-old North-East middleweight is considered as one of the best prospects in the country and many feel is destined to win a world championship at a 160-pounds. His opponent Onyenani extended 2020 Olympic gold medalist Herbert Sousa Conceicao the six-round distance on the Nov 11 Sunny Edwards-Felix Alvarado undercard.
4x national champion and ‘Matchroom Elite’ gym member George Liddard makes his professional debut against Bosnia and Herzegovina’s career journeyman Nikola Matic (18-50) over 4 rounds at middleweight. Liddard was supposed to enter the pro ranks on the Eubank Jr Benn undercard until that was unfortunately postponed.
By Darshan Desai – Follow For Round By Round Updates