Interim WBC champion Whyte recalled a story from his early boxing days in which he was desperately trying to make £200 just hours before a fight to pay off his opponent
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Whyte will be in contention for a world title for the first time when he takes on WBC champion Fury this Saturday in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley.
The interim defending champion had a deprived childhood in Jamaica and credited boxing with saving his life. The 34-year-old could be set for a career-high payday against Fury, but he recalled a story from his earlier days of desperately trying to make £200 just to pay his opponent a few hours before their fight.
“I don’t like to talk too much about my story or get into it because there’s a lot of awkwardness and darkness in my life and in my story,” Whyte said BT sport. “So I’m just going to keep going and focus on the positives, but it’s been one hell of a roadman, there’s been a lot of ups and downs, a lot of struggles.
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“There were fights where I had to pay the opponent £1700. I had £1500 and needed to find the other £200. I fought at 9am and was outside the venue at 8am trying to sell the last few tickets. Try to make a deal like, ‘Oh I’ll give you three tickets for £60’ to get the money to pay the guy!”
Whyte moved to the UK aged 12 and spent his teenage years in Brixton. He soon found Miguel’s Boxing Gym and made a career out of fighting, trying his hand at kickboxing and MMA before settling into boxing.
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His mother had to work three jobs in Jamaica and send money to the UK to support Whyte, so it’s no surprise Whyte didn’t expect to end up in the position he is in. “Kids like me, where I come from, shouldn’t not be alive, do well and survive,” he added.
“I didn’t think I would be alive after 20 or that I would face charges of murder or anything crazy. I didn’t think I would be alive because that was the lifestyle that was forced upon me, the way I was raised and the things I was exposed to and the way my life was.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/tyson-fury-dillian-whyte-fight-26737240 Dillian Whyte recalls trying to earn £200 hours before the fight to pay the opponent