October 15, 2019, 22:12

Joshua vs Takam: Dillian Whyte laughs off knockout prediction from Robert Helenius

Joshua vs Takam: Dillian Whyte laughs off knockout prediction from Robert Helenius

Dillian Whyte will battle Robert Helenius for the WBC silver belt this Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office

Dillian Whyte has laughed off a knockout prediction from opponent Robert Helenius and sent a mocking message back to ‘The Nordic Nightmare.’

The British heavyweight hit back at brash words from Helenius ahead of their battle for the WBC silver belt on the undercard of Anthony Joshua-Carlos Takam in Cardiff this Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Helenius claims he will “definitely win by knockout” after the first bell rings at the Principality Stadium, but Whyte gave a typically dismissive response at the media workout.

“He says he’s coming to knock me out, which shows a lot of ambition, so that will be good, we’ll see,” Whyte told Sky Sports.

“He calls himself the viking. I’ve just got one message for him.

“Be careful, he might have an early trip to Valhalla on Saturday night. Those that don’t know what Valhalla is, go and look it up, it means viking heaven.”

Whyte believes he is within touching distance of challenging for a world title, with promoter Eddie Hearn determined to secure a shot at WBC champion Deontay Wilder, although he is wary of the threat posed by Helenius.

“If I become world heavyweight champion, I can’t find the words for it,” said Whyte.

“It’s something that you get in the sport and you dream about becoming a world champion. It’s a realistic goal and I’m very close.

“Before AJ fought Charles Martin, before he fought me, they said he wasn’t ready for a world title, maybe another year.

“Then he fought me and they said he was ready. It shows the level I am. I’ve improved, come back better. I believe I’m stronger, and getting technically better.

“I’m appreciating the technical side of boxing more and more, so I feel so close, yet so far, because I’m focused on one fight at a time. I don’t want to overlook an opponent. Robert Helenius is a dangerous, a big guy, and he can punch.”

Watch Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam, from the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, on October 28, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book via your Sky remote or online.

Source: skysports.com

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