Dillian Whyte beats Jermaine Franklin with a majority decision in a close fight

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Dillian Whyte has returned to winning ways after beating Jermaine Franklin by majority decision. 

This was a chance for Whyte to make a statement to the rest of the heavyweight division, however, Franklin proved he was a worthy dance partner in what was his first 12-round fight. 

From the opening bell Whyte was on the front foot, but Franklin was willing to go toe-to-toe with 'The Bodysnatcher' and targeted the body in order to find openings. 

As ever with a Whyte fight, it takes time for the Brixton man to ease himself into the contest and this seemed to be case once more as he began to utlise his jab in the second round and throw some hard-hitting body shots of his own, but whatever Whyte threw, Franklin absorbed.

With this being Franklin's first 12-round fight, tiredness seemed to already be settling in with his punches beginning to lack power in round four compared to the opening exchanges. 

Franklin then found a second wind in the sixth and threw some combinations of his own, while Whyte became too comfortable with the pace of the fight. 

The American heavyweight's work was starting to pay off when he started to find his way past Whyte's guard in round eight with a right uppercut, a punch which has often sent 'The Bodysnatcher' to the ring canvas. 

Franklin continued to dominate and rocked Whyte with a right hand in the ninth as both showed signs of exhaustion. 

The final two rounds saw the fight get messy as a result and it looked like the fight was going to have an underwhelming finish.

Luckily the final round saw Whyte go on the hunt for a stoppage despite instructions from his coach Buddy McGirt to not go for the knockout. Both men left it all in the ring in the closing stages and with less than a minute to go a left hook from Whyte sent Franklin stumbling into the ropes, but there wasn't enough time for Whyte to capitalise and the fight went to the scorecards.

The judges' scores reflected the close nature of this contest with one scoring it a 115-115 draw, while two cards read 116-112 in Whyte's favour. 

But is Whyte ready to face Anthony Joshua for a second time after this win?

Judging by that performance, not yet, it was his first fight under new trainer Buddy McGirt and maybe another in early 2023 against a lesser opponent would be best for Whyte before stepping in the ring with AJ next summer in what could be a huge stadium fight. 

Re-live the best moments from Saturday's card at the OVO Arena Wembley below which included a thrilling British heavyweight title fight between Fabio Wardley and Nathan Gorman. 


McCormack vs. Andino first bell

Pat McCormack gets his Matchroom debut underway against Christian Nicols Andino of Argentina.

Ryan overcomes Sanchez in entertaining contest

Sandy Ryan is the new WBC international women's super lightweight title after beating Argentina's Anahi Ester Sanchez on the judges' scorecards.

While Sanchez looked to be aggressor, Ryan's slick footwork and ability to keep her opponent at range allowed the 29-year-old to maintain control of the fight. 

The three ringside judges scored the fight 100-92, 99-91 and 98-92 in Ryan's favour. 

Ryan vs. Sanchez commences

Sandy Ryan and Anahi Ester Sanchez begin their women's super lightweight contest at the OVO Arena Wembley. 

Clarke stops Ulrich on his feet in round two

After feeling the power of Cheavon Clarke in round one, Jose Gregorio Ulrich was stopped on his feet within the opening seconds of round two after a powerful right uppercut from Clarke was enough to end the contest.

Ulrich was out on his feet forcing referee Reece Carter to stop the fight. 

An impressive performance from Clarke who ends 2022 with a fourth successive win. 

Ulrich down in first round

Jose Gregorio Ulrich came out the aggressor and looked to land a looping right hand, but Cheavon Clarke's ability is shining through.

Clarke is a lot more calculated with his punches and it paid off in round one where he knocked down Ulrich with a jab. 

Clarke vs. Ulrich begins

The cruiserweight contest between Cheavon Clark and Jose Gregorio Ulrich is underway at the OVO Arena Wembley.

Mark Dickinson beats Gideon Onyenani on points

Mark Dickinson kicks off the main card with a points win over Gideon Onyenani. 

The referee scored the fight 59-56 in Dickinson's favour and it was the correct decision.

Dickinson was very sharp and used his jab well, but Onyenani showed tremendous heart throughout the six rounds.

First main card fight underway

The first fight on tonight's main card is underway.

It sees Mark Dickinson who is making his Matchroom debut take on Gideon Onyenani. 

A full rundown of tonight's card

Here is the full card for tonight's event in the English capital. 

- Dillian Whyte vs. Jermaine Franklin; Heavyweight
- Fabio Wardley vs. Nathan Gorman; For the vacant British heavyweight title
- Pat McCormack vs. Christian Nicols Andino; Welterweight
- Sandy Ryan vs. Anahi Ester Sanchez; Women's super lightweight
- Cheavon Clarke vs. Jose Gregorio Ulrich; Cruiserweight
- Mark Dickinson vs. Gideon Onyenani; Middleweight

Good evening and welcome!

Good evening and welcome to DAZN News' coverage of Dillian Whyte vs. Jermaine Franklin.

This should be an exciting night of boxing action which includes a fight for the vacant British heavyweight title between Fabio Wardley and Nathan Gorman. 

Stay tuned to DAZN News for updates from the OVO Arena Wembley.

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