17 December 2020

Dillian Whyte eyes Deontay Wilder fight next year

Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte has called out former WBC champion Deontay Wilder for a fight next year.

Whyte chased Wilder for the best part of three years while the American was champion, before he was beaten by Tyson Fury back in February.

And while Wilder no longer has a belt for Whyte to fight for, the Brit insists he would still relish the opportunity to clash with The Bronze Bomber.

"I would love to smash Deontay Wilder's face in," he told Sky Sports. "It's one of those fights where I would be very charged up. I would go out in the first round and just get going after him.

Wilder remains one of the biggest punchers in heavyweight history

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"It is frustrating, but it's still a big name. He's one of the top guys and I would love to fight him. He has to be serious. We offered him six, seven million dollars once and he turned it down when he was making one million dollars to fight Luis Ortiz. How serious is he?"

Whyte suffered his first defeat in nearly five years back in August when he was sensationally knocked out by Alexander Povetkin.

And as Whyte continues to wait for a re-scheduled date for a fight with Povetkin, he has had time to reflect on how other heavyweights always seem to want to fight him when they are coming off the back of a loss.

"When people mention Deontay Wilder's name to me, I just get stressed. It's crazy, because once again someone else wants to fight me," he added.

"Parker didn't want to fight me when he had the title. I tried to fight him, no. Lucas Browne, I tried to fight him, no. All of these guys. Deontay Wilder, I tried to fight him when he was champion. No. Now they've all lost, they want to fight me after.

"Luis Ortiz, I tried to fight Luis Ortiz three or four times. No. Povetkin, I tried to fight him three or four times before. No.

"But when they're in a bad position, they want to fight me now because it's a win-win for them. If they lose, they get paid well, if they win, they're back in the frame. These guys have got no respect."

Wilder is currently in a legal battle with Fury as he looks to secure a trilogy fight with the WBC champion.

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