Dillian Whyte Still Open to Wilder Fight, Calls out Fury
Even with the few days that have passed since the colossal rematch between Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury and Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, the boxing world is still buzzing. Fury fans are ecstatic, Bomber fans remain notably crestfallen and neutral boxing fans just want to know what is going to happen next.
STILL WANTS A CRACK AT WILDER
One interested party, who has no love lost for Wilder, is UK heavyweight contender Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (27-1, 18 KO’s). Whyte and his supporting cast have been pushing the narrative that Wilder has been avoiding him for about two straight years. He has said this because he has legitimately been ranked #1 by the WBC for quite some time.
Although, Whyte was not officially named as Wilder’s mandatory challenger until after he beat Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (26-1, 18 KO’s) on July 20, 2019. At which point, Whyte was nearly immediately suspended for an adverse drug finding. Since the suspension, the Body Snatcher has been cleared by UKAD, who initially flagged him in the first place.
Now, with Wilder stripped of his title, many might wonder if he still is open to fight with Wilder. While sitting down to conduct an exclusive interview with Sky Sport Boxing, the Body Snatcher let it be known he definitely remained in the market for a dust-up with Wilder.
“I would still fight that guy! I’ve waited so long to fight that guy, I’ve been chasing him for so long and he is such a coward. I would still fight him belt or no belt. It’s more than that belt, I will still fight him and knock him out as well. Obviously he didn’t want to give me the shot when he was champion, they might give me the shot when he is not champion.
It is disappointing because Tyson Fury did what I’ve been saying I could do to him and did it, not exactly the way I would have done it…if I had him hurt, I’d have a proper shoot out with him and I would have knocked him out.”
MAYBE WILDER LATER, BUT POVETKIN IS NEXT
While Dillian Whyte still might have his heart set on Wilder, he is still going to have to wait! Not only does it appear that the Bronze Bomber will activate his immediate rematch clause, Whyte has his own business to handle.
Although it has yet to be formally announced, all signs are pointing toward Whyte facing Alexander Povetkin in his next bout. Provided that goes well, then the Body Snatcher can resume his long pursuit of the former WBC champion
When asked when the announcement for Povetkin would come:
“Hopefully next week, hopefully by the end of this week and then do the press conference next week…Povetkin is a serious guy, he wants to fight. Olympic gold medalist, former world champion, he’s only lost to Joshua and Klitschko so, you know [he’s a] dangerous guy. He showed that he’s still got a lot power, he can still box, his legs are still good and he’s very dangerous. People forget less than a year ago he fought Anthony Joshua and he had Joshua all over the place in the first two, three rounds, you know?! So that’s how dangerous the guy is.”
By: Bakari Simpson