Dillian Whyte has broken his silence after his sixth round knockout defeat to Tyson Fury on Saturday night.
The Brixton fighter had waited for nearly five years to have a crack at the World Championship but was left to pick himself up following the knockout blow from Fury mid-way through their 12 round contest.
Whyte tried to get back up after being knocked out but referee Mark Lyson deemed the 34-year-old as being unfit to continue in the contest.
However, the Londoner has come out and said that he felt that the contest was a close one up until the deciding blow. Speaking to BBC Radio on Sunday, he explained: “There wasn’t a lot in it – it was a close fight and I didn’t feel like I was outclassed in there.
“My game plan was to press him and start moving forward. I was trying to attack but one slip and I got caught with the shot.
“He’s a big awkward guy – I was expecting that. It was always going to be an awkward fight, but I was trying to set up and be patient and land what I could early and from round three onwards start to press. It was a good learning experience.”
Whyte’s options now seem to be limited in terms of a world title shot but he does walk away with credit after fully earning his shot at the crown before ultimately being beaten by a man that has since been branded as the best fighter of his generation by Frank Warren.
Fury also took the time to praise Whyte after the fight, saying: “Dillian is a warrior and I believe he will be a world champion.
“One of the greatest and, unfortunately, he had to fight me tonight. You are not messing with a mediocre heavyweight, you are messing with the best man on the planet.”