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Dillian Whyte labels opponent "a coward" after winning on boxing return

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Dillian Whyte lashed out at his opponent Christian Hammer, branding him a “coward” after easing to victory in his comeback fight.

Whyte beat the Romanian boxer in three rounds in a low-key bout in Ireland on Sunday. It was the 30th professional victory of his career and the first since he beat Jermaine Franklin in November 2022.

The 35-year-old was fighting for the first time since clearing his name of the doping offences which saw his contest against Anthony Joshua cancelled in August. Whyte had returned an “adverse analytical finding”, but he was later cleared when an investigation showed that his positive test was caused by a contaminated supplement.

Whyte dominated the fight against Hammer from the bell and was disappointed to see his opponent not get up for the fourth round. “He was negative all [the way] through,” Whyte said. “As soon as I hit him he was negative. I told him afterwards he was a coward and I mean that.

“I’m so frustrated. I’ve put so much work into preparing for this fight and to have him quit after just three rounds is so frustrating. I told him afterwards in the ring that I always respected him but tonight he was a coward.”

He added: “He just quit, but what can I do? I’ve been through a lot of hell and a lot of darkness so I had a lot of pent-up frustration and aggression and it’s funny, because the camp was calm, everything was calm and it had to come out at some point, that’s my nature, you know.”

Speaking to Boxing Social, Whyte added: “It’s good to be back out and it’s good to get back to work. Obviously Hammer came out swinging and then the pitbull in me just bit back, then I was rushing and making stupid mistakes, but whatever.”

Dillian Whyte was fighting for the first time since beating Jermaine Franklin in 2022 (
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Whyte is desperate to fight again as soon as possible but is not licensed by the British Boxing Board of Control. His fight against Hammer was put on by the Boxing Union of Ireland and he is licensed by the Texas Commission.

Asked about where he might fight next, he replied: “I don’t know and I don’t care, wherever the fight is. Wherever I can be busy, then I’ll go there and fight. I’m running out of time. I’m not getting any younger. I don’t know what’s next, I just want to fight. Let’s see what happens.”

The Brit said he was targeting another seven or eight fights before he retires and said he would be happy to fight Joshua or Joe Joyce. Asked who might come next, he said: “Anyone. I’ve never turned a fight down, whoever wanted it could get it.”

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