Whyte spices up Franklin rivalry by wearing England kit to weigh-in

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Dillian Whyte and Jermaine donned their countries’ colours at today’s weigh-in ahead of the England vs USA world cup group stages clash this afternoon. The pair square off tomorrow at the O2 Arena and will be hoping their national football teams’ return the goods tonight.

At their press conference, yesterday, sparks flew as both men had to be separated after a heated staredown went south. But today it was all business. 

Whyte – fresh off a knockout loss to Tyson Fury – weighed 251 lb (around his normal weight range) while Franklin dropped 20lb from his last fight against Rodney Moore, stepping on the scales at a respectable 257lb.

When they come face to face again on fight night there will be more than just bragging rights on the line. The winner is expected to face Anthony Joshua next – who is set to return to the ring for the first time since his loss to Oleksandr Usyk in March of next year.

According to promoter, Eddie Hearn the winner of the contest is the ‘frontrunner’ to box AJ in early 2023 with Otto Wallin and Zhang Zhilei also believed to be in contention if they choose to look elsewhere. Franklin has already revealed that Hearn has promised him a seven-figure deal for the fight if he overcomes the odds tomorrow night but Whyte will have a thing to say about that.

The Body Snatcher has been chasing a rematch with AJ ever since their 2015 professional contest captivated British boxing fans. Despite being stopped in the seventh, Whyte was able to make things competitive and landed a punishing left hook that rocked Joshua to his core earlier on in the contest.

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