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Dillian Whyte's performance on Anthony Joshua undercard produced a unanimous response

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Dillian Whyte had the opportunity to exchange all of his talk for action on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's fight against Carlos Takam at the Principality Stadium on Saturday night.

However, for all the hype the Brixton fighter had tried to build around himself ahead of the bout, very few, if any, of the 78,000 crowd would have been impressed with his points victory.

It's the same man who had spent the past weeks and months calling out American world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder for a title fight.

But how the Jamaica-born boxer showcased himself inside the ring in Cardiff on Saturday was far from the kind of eye-catching affair that would have caught Wilder's gaze.

Make no mistake, Whyte has lost just once in 21 fights - against the evening's headline fighter, Joshua - but the 29-year-old didn't appear to earn a worthy shot at a world title.

There is still hope that, one day, the Londoner can be yet another Britsh man to add a heavyweight world title to his name.

However, those hopes may well have eroded slightly as he was taken the distance against Robert Helenius, who, himself, had only lost once in his career.

Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam Weigh In

Brixton fighter's win an anticlimax 

After a tentative start, Whyte appeared to briefly be stunned by a Helenius right-handed punch that saw him stumble back to the ropes after round two. 

The pressure with which the Londoner was able to apply in the third left Helenius looking shocked, as Whyte began to impose himself and land an uppercut on his opponent's chin in the fifth.

With two-thirds of the 12 rounds gone, the Londoner began to seize control and bloody Helenius' face without really looking like bringing a stoppage.

Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

The Scandinavian fighter did manage to land a heavy-handed shot in the 11th, which Whyte managed to shake off. However, The Body Snatcher remained frustrated despite ending the fight with a few slick combinations.

Fight fans laugh off Whyte's Wilder hopes

Fight fans, though, were less than impressed with Whyte's performance which did not match up with the Brixton man's self-hype in the past month or so.

Despite the criticism, Whyte did pick up the WBC Silver Heavyweight title, not that Wilder is likely to have changed his mind about fighting the Brixton man in the new year.

There is only one man the WBC World Heavyweight champion is targeting from across the pond in 2018, and Joshua is that man.

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