Dillian Whyte has become the heavyweight division’s ‘forgotten man’ amidst the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury hoopla and the hype surrounding a possible summer showdown between Fury and Anthony Joshua, but he believes he will ruin everyone’s grand plans if he does get the next crack at the new WBC champion.
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Whyte has been the number one contender to the WBC title for almost 1,000 days but rather scandalously he has been forced to watch on as Deontay Wilder defended the belt on several occasions and ultimately lost it to Fury in their long-awaited rematch last weekend.
In that time ‘The Body Snatcher’ has reeled off a string of victories, including a win over a former world heavyweight champion and a victory against another ‘avoided’ man in the heavyweight division, Oscar Rivas, and he believes nobody should be standing in front of him in the queue to face Fury this year. Not former champion Wilder, who has 30 days from his loss to trigger a rematch clause, nor the man who holds all of the other world title belts, Joshua.
In fact, Whyte is pretty upset that his promoter Eddie Hearn, who also promotes Anthony Joshua, has already been speaking publicly about wanting to set up a Fury-Joshua unification showdown for this summer. When Hearn tweeted about the prospect of a huge domestic scrap to determine the undisputed heavyweight king, ‘The Body Snatcher’ was quick to respond and tell him to do “what’s right” by making sure he and not Joshua is next up for the newly-crowned WBC champion.
How about doing what’s right and forcing him to fight me first as the number 1 challenger
— Dillian Whyte (@DillianWhyte) February 23, 2020
Whyte has not stopped there in his bid to finally get a world title fight in 2020, and he insists that he will destroy everyone’s dream of a Fury-Joshua megafight should he get his wish and is granted the first crack at Fury.
“Listen, he should be fighting me next, regardless of whatever he thinks, whatever AJ thinks,” Whyte told Sky Sports. “I deserve it. I’ve worked hard for my title shot and I keep fighting and I keep risking my position. I’ve been number one contender for ages now. They should fight no-one else, apart from me. I’ve done everything that is required of me, so now it’s my turn.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they haven’t already started talking about the [Anthony Joshua] fight. Fury won’t face me, unless he gets put in a position, where he has to face me. Listen, we’ve already tried to make the fight with Fury already for the ‘Diamond’ belt at the time Deontay Wilder was champion. The WBC ‘Diamond’ belt is a higher ranked belt than the WBC regular world title. Fury asked for that, the WBC gave me and him the belt, and then he turned the fight down.
“Everybody is going to be: ‘He just beat Wilder.’ That don’t mean s**t. This is boxing and styles make fights. Tyson Fury knows I’ve got what it takes to beat him. Fury moves his head well, but he’s got a big body. Keep targeting his body and back him up. You have to lay leather on him and hit him hard to the body. That’s where you wear him down. If you hit him to the body hard enough and consistent enough you break him down.
“All the top heavyweights know that I’m going to give them hard work, because I always come to leave it on the line. You know me, if I’m down on points, I will start swinging it out.”
So could Whyte deliver on his promise by dethroning Fury before he ever gets into the ring with Joshua? The bookmakers are not yet offering odds on a meeting between the two men, but this fight has been priced up in the past and on that occasion the bookies backed Fury to win the contest, making him the 1/3 favourite while going 9/4 about an upset win for Whyte. However, on the back of Saturday night’s performance those Fury odds could be even shorter when this potential bout is priced up once again.