Fans are split on Ben Whittaker’s showboating during his TKO win over Khalid Gradia.
The hot prospect was not afraid to show his character as he won the fight after five rounds, reports The Sun.
Whittaker, 26, was happy to showboat during the fight which he dominated.
A one point the Brit spun around on one leg which saw him told off by the referee.
Referee Sean McAvoy stops the fight as the team of Khalid Graidia throw the towel in during the Light Heavyweight fight between Ben Whittaker and Khalid Graidia. Picture: Getty
Ben Whittaker dodges the punch of Khalid Graidia during the Light Heavyweight fight between Ben Whittaker and Khalid Graidia. Picture: Getty
Khalid Graidia punches Ben Whittaker during the Light Heavyweight fight. Picture: Getty
However, the crowd in Wembley’s Ovo Arena loved his stunts as they booed the official.
Viewers at home were split on their opinion of his antics in the ring as they took to social media.
One fan posted: “Moves are fine when it’s flowing but he seems to be overdoing it.”
A second wrote: “Embarrassing to watch. Hopping around the ring against a bin man.”
A third commented: “Disgraceful showboating. You get in the ring to box. Not dance.”
A fourth said: “Ben Whittaker doing Ben Whittaker things.”
Another added: “Ben Whittaker is a bit different. A right character and can box.”
Referee Sean McAvoy speaks with Ben Whittaker after taunting Khalid Graidia during the Light Heavyweight fight. Picture: Getty
Khalid Graidia receives medical treatment to a facial injury after the stoppage during the Light Heavyweight fight. Picture: Getty
Speaking about his showboating after the win Whittaker admitted that it should not be taken as “disrespect”
He told Sky Sports: “Do you know what it is? I can dance, I can shimmy, but I broke him down in a jiffy.
“I was going through the motions, looked at my dad and he was a bit annoyed, so I said ‘alright, let me show you what I can do’ and I got the job done.
“Don’t take the showboating as disrespect, it’s just my art.
“People can compare me to Prince Naseem but I am Ben Whittaker.”