British Heavyweight boxer, Dillian Whyte, was hoping to secure a world title fight with current WBC Heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, but the American has rejected the offer.
Whyte, 29, has been rising up the ranks since stepping in the ring with Anthony Joshua and has four victories since then, and believes he should be a mandatory challenger in order to gain a title fight.
Whyte was not happy with the reaction and believes Wilder to be afraid of the Brixton man.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Whyte said, “Guys like Deontay Wilder are an embarrassment to heavyweight boxing. All the great champions have losses on their record because they fought other great fighters and that’s the problem with Deontay Wilder, his last 10 fights have been with nobody.”
“We have offered him five times more money than he made for his last fight, but he doesn’t want to fight, so what’s the problem? Why’s he avoiding? Because he knows I’m dangerous and he knows that he’ll lose the fight.”
But Wilder, who has a mandatory challenger for his title in Bermane Stiverne, wants a shot at Unified Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua and believes the payday would be more worthwhile than taking on Whyte. Rumours of $3 million have been offered but Wilder wants $7 million to face Whyte, a cost that cannot be justified due to the profile of the fight and the income from the PPV.
Matchroom promotor Eddie Hearn, has been in touch with the Al Haymon team and though they want Joshua, Hearn believes the opportunity will arise if he can defeat Whyte.
“I’ve made several offers to Al Haymon’s team and we are awaiting a final answer, but I think Deontay made things clear on his Instagram,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“It’s a great offer and a great career move – a chance to earn plenty of money but also be involved in a real fight and IF he is good enough to win then it sets up a massive fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.”
Dillian Whyte will be in action in the USA on the undercard to Terence Crawford’s world unification title bout with Julius Indongo on the 19th August, live on Sky Sports, with an opponent yet to be announced.