Dillian Whyte Returns Against Jermaine Franklin At The
Ovo Arena, Wembley On Nov. 26
Dillian Whyte will face undefeated American contender
Jermaine Franklin on his highly anticipated return to the
ring on Saturday November 26 at the OVO Arena, Wembley, live
worldwide on DAZN.
‘The Body Snatcher’ (28-3, 19 KOs) fell short in his
challenge for Tyson Fury’s WBC Heavyweight World Title at
Wembley Stadium in April, succumbing to a sixth-round
stoppage defeat in front of over 90,000 fans.
Brixton’s big-hitting former Interim WBC Heavyweight World
Champion, 35, is set to fight at the OVO Arena, Wembley for
the first time in his career as he looks to kickstart his
journey towards a second shot at world honours.
Michigan’s Franklin (21-0, 14 KOs) is unbeaten in 21 fights
since joining the professional ranks in April 2015 and the
28-year-old will be fighting outside of the USA for the
first time in his professional career when he meets Whyte
over 12 rounds in London.
Once described as America’s next Heavyweight hope, Franklin
ended a two-and-a-half-year layoff by stopping Houston’s
Rodney Moore in five rounds at McBride Hall in Gary, Indiana
in May to extend his perfect record.
An action-packed undercard sees fast-rising Ipswich
Heavyweight Fabio Wardley (14-0, 13 KOs) clash with
Nantwhich’s Nathan Gorman (19-1, 13 KOs) for the vacant
British Title, former WBA Light-Heavyweight World Title
challenger Craig Richards (17-3-1, 10 KOs) take on Latvian
warrior Ricards Bolotniks (19-6-1, 8 KOs) in an exciting
match-up at 175lbs and Derby’s Sandy Ryan (4-1, 2 KOs)
challenge Mexico’s Magali Rodriguez (20-6-2, 9 KOs) for her
WBC Silver Super-Lightweight Title.
Wardley, 27, stopped Simon Vallily in three rounds of their
hotly anticipated grudge match to pick up the vacant English
Title at Fight Camp in August 2020 before blitzing Nick Webb
inside one round to retain the belt a year later at
Matchroom’s HQ in Essex.
Gorman, whose only loss came at the hands of Daniel Dubois
back in July 2019, dusted off 15 months of ringrust in his
last fight in June, bulldozing through Tomas Salek in just
81 seconds to win the IBF Intercontinental Title at the M&S
Bank Arena in Liverpool.
Crystal Palace’s Richards put in a spirited display as he
pushed WBA Champion Dmitry Bivol all the way in his first
World Title attempt in May 2021. ‘Spider’ returned to
winning ways by impressively stopping Marek Matyja in six
rounds before being outpointed by South London rival Joshua
Buatsi at The O2 earlier this year.
Bolotniks, who holds wins over Steven Ward and Hosea Burton,
will be familiar to UK fight fans following his brave battle
with Olympic Bronze Medallist Buatsi at Matchroom’s second
instalment of Fight Camp last summer – where he was
eventually stopped in the eleventh round of their WBA
International Title clash.
Former Team GB star Ryan goes for her second title in the
pro ranks after exacting revenge over Erica Anabella Farias
– the only woman to beat her – at the Sheffield Arena in
August to pick up the vacant WBC International
"It's great to be back, doing what I love doing," said
Whyte. "I can't wait to get into the ring and show the world
that when push comes to shove I can get right back up in
Wembley and remind everyone why I was WBC number one for
over four years.
"As an undefeated Heavyweight, Franklin is a dangerous guy
but I'm going to teach him quite a few lessons at the OVO on
November 26. Most importantly, I'm going to teach him how to
“I’m super hyped to fight in the UK,” said Franklin. “They
love boxing and I plan on making a statement when I beat
Dillian. I want them to be loud and love my boxing style and
have them embrace me as the people’s champ. The world will
see the real Jermaine Franklin Jr.
“Dillian is a warrior. He has heart and he’s been with the
best. It’s time for him to step aside and let the ‘989
Assassin’ make him body number 22 on my body count. The kind
of fight I expect is a brawl. Dillian wants to prove he’s
got something left in the tank. I want to show him I’m the
future of boxing and for USA Heavyweights.
“When I beat Dillian I want this victory to be followed with
a title shot or a major fight to take me to the title. I’m
like Holyfield. I’m a warrior. I’m from the hood. You have
to take my heart and that will never happen in the ring. I
have speed and power. I have no problem taking a punch to
land my own. I am America’s next Heavyweight Champion.”
“I’m buzzing to be fighting for the British Title, I’ve had
my eyes set on this belt for so long and I can’t wait to get
my hands on it,” said Wardley. “Nathan Gorman’s a good
fighter, but nothing is going to stop me from checking off
this next milestone of my career. I thrive under the
pressure of big fights like this, I live for it, there’ll be
no better feeling than standing over him with my hand
raised. I take my opportunities when they come, I’m not
going to need any second chances like he did.
“I’ve never trained harder, I’ve never been fitter, it’s
like the stars have aligned for this camp and everything is
coming together perfectly. I’ve come on leaps and bounds
with the new addition to my coaching team and I’m
technically improving every day. That mixed with my natural
athleticism and serious KO power, there’s nothing Nathan can
bring to stop me.”
“It’s my second opportunity fighting for the British Title,
so I’ve got to take it with both hands and this time it
isn’t going anywhere other than back home with me,” said
Gorman. “It’s against Fabio Wardley, and I know I’ll be
facing the best Wardley that has ever entered that ring.
Unfortunately for him, that will be met with the best Nathan
Gorman, who is improving every second he spends in that gym.
“The thing I have that he doesn’t possess is the experience.
I’ve already been in there with tougher questions that I
have come through and answered, whereas I’m his acid test.
It’ll be interesting if he lasts longer than rounds 5 or 6,
he has a cut eye, and things aren’t going his way. He isn’t
going to be able to match what I bring.”
“I’m delighted to welcome one of the biggest stars in
Heavyweight boxing Dillian Whyte to the DAZN platform,” said
Matchroom Sport Chairman Eddie Hearn. “The Body Snatcher is
hungrier than ever after falling short in his first ever
World Title challenge earlier this year and he’s jumping
straight back in at the deep end against a young and
dangerous fighter in Jermaine Franklin. Expect Maximum
Violence in an England vs. USA main event.
“We’ve got an incredible undercard in store for you at the
OVO Arena, Wembley on November 26 including the vacant
British Heavyweight Title clash between Fabio Wardley and
Nathan Gorman, a brilliant match-up at 175lbs between former
World Title challenger Craig Richards and Ricards Bolotniks
and Sandy Ryan going for another title against tough Mexican
Magali Rodriguez. Catch it all live worldwide on DAZN.”
“Nathan has made a fantastic comeback this year having had
18-months out, with the quick capture of an IBF Title being
proof of that,” said Wasserman’s Head of Global Boxing,
“Of course, the British Heavyweight Championship is one of
the most respected titles in boxing and will propel him on
to the world stage even further. We’re very confident Nathan
will get the job done on November 26 and set up a HUGE
“We are incredibly excited to welcome Dillian Whyte, one of
the biggest names in Heavyweight boxing, to the platform on
November 26,” said Joseph Markowski, CEO DAZN North America.
“Jermaine Franklin will be a tough test for Dillian with the
fight topping a stacked card full of action-packed matchups
including Wardley vs. Gorman, Richards vs. Bolotniks and of
course a future star in Sandy Ryan. Do not miss this fight!
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