Dillian Whyte paid tribute to his Irish roots last night

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Here at Irish-Boxing.com we are massive fans of ‘The Body Snatcher’ Dillian Whyte.

Not only is the Jamaican-born Brixton brawler the only man to have given IBF heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua any sort of trouble, he is also immensely proud of his Irish roots as he told us when he appeared on the Carl Frampton v Chris Avalos undercard in Belfast last February.

Whyte’s link to Ireland come via his Cork grandfather Patrick Whyte, who emigrated from Dublin to the Caribbean as a young man. The exciting heavyweight paid tribute to him last night. Fighting on the Ricky Burns v Kiryl Relikh undercard in Glasgow, Whyte stopped Ian Lewison to win the British title and wore green, white, and gold shorts in honour of his grandfather whose birthday was yesterday.

Whyte moved to 19(15)-1(1) with the win and looks set to face Dereck Chisora in the best future as he seeks to build toward a rematch with Anthony Joshua.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie