Dillian Whyte labels opponent ‘coward’ after winning return

Dillian Whyte had not fought since November 2022 (Picture: Getty)

Dillian Whyte labelled his opponent a ‘coward’ after he made a winning return for the first time since being cleared of doping offences.

Whyte made his return to the ring in Ireland on Sunday against Romanian fighter Christian Hammer, easing to a third-round victory in a low-key affair.

The fight, which was not broadcast on TV, was dominated from the first bell by Whyte, who secured victory when Hammer failed to get up from his stool ahead of the fourth round.

The 35-year-old was visibly annoyed as he was declared the winner, later confronting his opponent over his unwillingness to fight and calling him a ‘coward’.

‘He was negative all [the way] through,’ Whyte said after the fight. ‘As soon as I hit him he was negative. I told him afterwards he was a coward and I mean that.

‘I’m so frustrated. I’ve put so much work into preparing for this fight and to have him quit after just three rounds is so frustrating.

‘I told him afterwards in the ring that I always respected him but tonight he was a coward.’

Whyte labelled his opponent a ‘coward’ after the fight (Picture: Getty)

Whyte had not fought since his victory over Jermaine Franklin in November 2022 after he was handed a doping ban on the eve of his highly anticipated rematch with Anthony Joshua in August last year.

The ‘Body Snatcher’ launched an appeal over the ‘adverse finding’, with his innocence eventually proven earlier this month when an investigation found that the positive test had been caused by a contaminated supplement.

Keen to make up for lost time, Whyte said he hopes to fight three further times by the end of the year.

‘I’ve been through a lot of hell, a lot of darkness and pent-up frustration and aggression,’ he told Boxing Social.

‘Wherever I can be busy, then I’ll go there and fight. I’m running out of time. I’m not getting any younger.’

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