Dillian Whyte has revealed how he beat up bullies as a kid because he loved fighting so much.
Whyte's pals paid him to sort out their problems when he was growing up in south London and recalls his biggest 'purse' for fighting back then was £2.
The WBC’s No 1 heavyweight contender, who faces Oscar Rivas at The O2 on Saturday, says he loved it and that the bullies were often bigger and older than him.
"I've always been a fighter," said Whyte. "I've never had a choice. Growing up I had to fight to survive.
"I'm a fighter by nature, I'm a fighter by trade. I love to fight more than I love to show love and affection. It's a weird thing.
"I love boxing. I love fighting. What would I do if I didn't fight? Go get a 9-5?
"Kids used to pay me to fight bullies for them, I swear. At schools and around my estate. The bullies were older and bigger than me.
"Sometimes they gave me food, it could be sandwiches or it could be money. I think £2 was the most I got and £2 was a lot back then. You could buy a hell of a lot of sweets for £2 back then."
Whyte, 32, has had to scrap his whole life and he is still waiting for a world title shot despite being the WBC’s mandatory challenger for over a year.
Promoter Eddie Hearn fears he may have to wait until title holder Deontay Wilder ’s rematch with Tyson Fury next year.
Hearn did propose a rematch with Joshua in April at Wembley, but he claims that was never a serious offer.
Whyte feels he has already earned his shot, having won his last nine fights, beating the likes of Joseph Parker, Dereck Chisora (twice) and Lucas Browne, since his only pro loss to Anthony Joshua in 2015.
The unbeaten Rivas stands in his way on Saturday and the Colombian, who is 26-0, is ranked in the top 10 by the four main sanctioning bodies.
Whyte knows all he can do is keep winning until his moment comes.
"I'm trying my best, man," said 'The Body Snatcher', trying to hide his frustration. "I'm fighting top contenders and winning fights,
“I’m not hiding from nobody. What more can I do? I’ve won every fight they have asked me to win -eliminator after eliminator.
"Man, there’s no carpet at all. What can you do? You can sit down and cry about it or get on. Some guys have an easy route, some guys have a hard route.
"Whether it is business, sport, every day life, there are challenges everywhere. You just crack on, knuckle down and focus. It is difficult. Every time you overcome a hurdle there is another one."
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