Dillian Whyte was clearly not in his best shape and didn’t have his best performance, but he got the win over durable veteran Mariusz Wach via unanimous decision over 10 rounds on the Ruiz-Joshua 2 undercard.
Whyte (27-1, 18 KO) came in at a career-high weight for this fight, and was also put on the card on short notice, so he certainly wasn’t in peak form here. But he and Wach (35-6, 19 KO) both fought hard, both took and delivered some shots, and in the end, it was Whyte getting the nod on scores of 97-93, 97-93, and 98-93. Bad Left Hook scored the fight 96-94 twice on two separate cards.
The 31-year-old Whyte had recently gone through quite a public scandal, as there were drug test issues after his last win over Oscar Rivas in July. UKAD cleared Whyte just this week, but he admitted it had an impact on him mentally.
“I’ve been off for six months, people have been screwing me left, right, and center,” Whyte said after the fight. “I came in on three weeks notice overweight. I wanted to stop him, but he’s tough. Everyone’s been screwing me. I’ve been through hell these last couple months.”
For now, Whyte is still, at least in theory, in line for a shot at the WBC heavyweight title currently held by Deontay Wilder, but that’s been pushed back and around so many times at this point that counting on it happening seems pointless, even as he keeps on winning. It’s anyone’s guess what’ll be next for Whyte in 2020, but he’s still going to be seen as a top contender for the time being.