Dillian Whyte gave Jermaine Franklin his first loss.
Whyte defeated previously undefeated Franklin with a 12-round majority decision on Saturday. This marked his return to the winning column after a stoppage loss to WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury back in April.
Whyte picked up the victory with scores of 116-112 on two of the judges’ scorecards and the other was 115-115.
“He was undefeated and he gave me a good fight,” Whyte said.
“I’m trying to upgrade my style. I could probably have been a bit more active and thrown a few more shots but it was a new coach [Buddy McGirt], and new style.”
Jabs dictated their first round.
In the third round, Franklin found his sweet spot by connecting with head shots while Whyte decided to wear down his opponent’s body with shots.
Whyte would land heavy blows to the body, but Franklin didn’t give in as he would shoot out quick combinations in the fifth round.
For the rest of the bout, it was much of the same. Whyte would land harder blows while Franklin was force to exert more effort.
Both were tired by the 12th and final round, but Whyte continuously landed the bigger, heavier shots of the two.