Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz Jr in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saturday night in their highly-anticipated rematch for the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles.
Anthony Joshua’s mum Yeta Odusanya was caught up in a scare during her flight to Saudi Arabia when a passenger tried to open a door on the aircraft mid-flight, and it has emerged that Dillian Whyte’s brother Dean was the hero who helped calm the situation ahead of AJ’s fight with Andy Ruiz on Saturday.
The frightening ordeal started when a man suffered a panic attack while in the air and began to try and prise open the door.
Dean Whyte was one of several figures who intervened to try and calm the passenger down.
His brother Dillian, will make his highly-anticipated return to the ring on the undercard of Clash on the Dunes, where he will face Polish brute Maruisz Wach.
Dean Whyte rushed over when he heard the panic, and pulled the man back.
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His large figure of 6ft 7in allowed him to bearhug the troublemaker while repeatedly telling him to “calm down.”
Up to half a dozen members of staff then rushed to the man, with one carrying cuffs, as the frantic scene spread fear through the plane.
Whyte told The Guardian: “It was like something out of a movie. When I got there he was shouting ‘I want to get out’ in broken English.
“I managed to grab him and was preparing to slam him hard if necessary but myself and the steward could see he wasn’t quite right in the head so I held him and tried to calm him down. Eventually it worked.”
Dillian Whyte was also among the passengers, but was well away from the incident and was travelling in business class.
His team embarked on the trip to the Middle East yesterday as final preparations begin for Saturday night.
A flight attendant on board the aircraft confirmed to the Guardian that the incident had been reported.
“I have never seen anything like that before,” he said.
“Our cabin crew cared for a customer who suffered from a panic attack during the flight. We are sorry for any concern this caused our customers.”
British Airways later confirmed that it’s impossible to open a door whilst in transit.
Nonetheless, it was a scary episode for those onboard and they will be hoping for a smoother run on the return leg to England.
In his only career defeat, Dillian Whyte rocked AJ when the pair traded blows in an all-British classic at the O2 Arena in December 2015.
The Body Snatcher claims that the defeat made him stronger and that he hopes Joshua has learned from his mistakes in his shock loss to Ruiz in June.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s heavyweight boxing, what can I say? I can say ‘Hey, he’s going to win and this and whatever,’ I don’t know. I hope he wins.
“You never know, sometimes fighters lose, it makes them stronger. Sometimes fighters lose, it makes them weaker.
“When I lost, it made me stronger, and then you see other guys, it softens them, makes them weaker.
“I don’t know what’s in his mind, what’s going on in camp. There’s lots of things that no one knows. Only he truly knows. I hope he wins, I want him to win, but whether he wins or not, it’s a different thing.”