Fresh off the most important win of his 25-fight career, Dillian Whyte is looking ahead to his next challenge.
Whyte beat New Zealander Joseph Parker by unanimous decision in a captivating 12-round encounter at the O2 Arena on Saturday night, adding the WBO international heavyweight title to his own WBC silver belt.
White is now in prime position to take on either Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder in a world title fight next year.
Whyte is willing to be patient as Joshua is taking on Alexander Povetkin in September, while another possibility in Wilder is rumoured to be putting the finishing touches to a fight with Tyson Fury.
Whilst reflecting on a successful Saturday night, Whyte had some interest in assessing his own performance against the New Zealander fighter.
“I fought a guy who was a world champion not that long ago and I had to dig deep and rightly so. It was a good fight," he told Boxing Scene.
"These are the kind of fights you need in the lead up to world title fights and I answered all the questions.
"I took the fight to him. You can’t give a good boxer the range and the ground they need.
"Take the fight to him, take the fight away, get dirty, get messy and rough him up a bit. I’m the bigger, stronger man in there so I used that against him.
“I’m a tough, resilient man. It takes a lot to put me away,” said Whyte.
After looking like he was edging closer to a comfortable victory, the wily Parker changed his tactics and counter-attacked forcing Whyte onto the back foot.
However, Whyte was confident he could weather the storm, but admits there are things he would be looking to work on.
"I’m a tough, resilient man. It takes a lot to put me away.
"But this is boxing, you get hit with punches and you have to show heart. The heart’s never been a problem for me, I’ve showed it my whole career.
"Just need to tighten up on little technical bits and get in better shape.
"I’m still relatively inexperienced and still have a lot more to learn. There’s a lot more to come. I’m getting a lot, lot better.”
Whyte will be keeping one eye on Joshua's fight with Povetkin, but has thrown some doubt on whether Wilder and Fury will go ahead.
"In boxing, I’ve met a lot of people that talk and say this and say that, let’s see what happens.
"Tyson Fury was struggling against Sefer Seferi, how is he going to fight Deontay Wilder?
"Unless he’s going for a pay out to get laid out he's about 4-5 fights away from those type of fights.”
Straight talking is Whyte's style, but he is prepared to put himself out there and test himself against the best of the best.
With his win against Parker, Whyte has given himself the best opportunity to do just that.News Now - Sport News