American boxer Jermaine Franklin has sent a clear message to Dillian Whyte after his knockout win over Alexander Povetkin – you don’t intimidate me.
Whyte, having been defeated by Povetkin in their first fight back in August, got the job done last Saturday by finishing the 41-year-old before he had any opportunity to reply.
As reported by Sky Sports, Whyte has since outlaid his plans to head to the United States and get the better of one of his American rivals, while waiting to face the winner of Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury.
With Whyte’s stock on the rise after the win over Povetkin, Eddie Hearn’s phone will be ringing off the hook over the coming weeks and months, with other fighters choosing to use the media in an attempt to engineer a fight.
One man who has done exactly that is Jermaine Franklin, 20-0, who must, in truth, be some way down the pecking order in terms of Whyte picking his next fight, but has decided to shoot his shot nonetheless.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Franklin revealed that Whyte does not intimidate him in the slightest, with his antagonistic comments a pretty clear attempt at riling Whyte up enough to step through the ropes and fight him:
“That intimidation s**t, it doesn’t work for people like me.”
“I’ve always experienced and always been through rough situations, so a bully is nothing to me.”
“A bully is just a regular person. You can try to intimidate me, if you want to bully me, or you can try any of that, but that s**t won’t do nothing for you, won’t get you nowhere.”
“You’re not going to get inside my head or it’s not going to make me feel any different about you.”
It might make me want to beat you up more, but beside of that, it’s not going to help you in any way.”
Will Whyte take the bait?