Dillian Whyte slams ‘coward’ Deontay Wilder and claims he ‘ignored his duties as WBC champion’ by dodging his challenges – but is eager to settle bitter feud by insisting ‘British and American fans would love to see me knock him out’
- Dillian Whyte has slammed Deontay Wilder for his U-turn on their overdue fight
- The Brit claims Wilder dodged his challenges while he was WBC champion
- Wilder is now targeting Whyte after trilogy fight plans with Fury fell through
- Whyte says he is only being targeted because he is Wilder’s final big payday
- The 32-year-old called Wilder as a ‘coward’ but is eager to finally settle their feud
Dillian Whyte has labelled Deontay Wilder as a ‘coward’ after claiming the American ‘ignored his duties as WBC champion’ by not offering him a shot at the title while he still held it.
The British heavyweight was left repeatedly frustrated in his attempts to fight the Bronze Bomber while he held the WBC strap before he was dethroned by Tyson Fury in their spectacular rematch earlier this year.
Talks of a trilogy bout between Fury and Wilder appeared to be dead in the water but could now be back on for early spring after the American’s claimed that he is contractually entitled to a second rematch, as revealed by Sportsmail.
Dillian Whyte (above) has slammed Deontay Wilder for dodging his challengers over the years
Whyte claims Wilder (pictured) ducked his attempts to fight while he was WBC champion
However, Wilder is keeping his options opened and is targeting a new opponent in 2021 – and he has put Whyte to the top of his list.
Whyte believes he is now only being targeted because he is Wilder’s last real payday and has slammed his attitude while he was champion.
Whyte told Sky Sports: ‘Tyson Fury is not fighting him, so who else can he make any money from? Deontay Wilder is not a big draw at all.
Wilder lost the belt to Tyson Fury (left) who delivered a boxing masterclass to win the belt
‘Even when he was heavyweight champion, he could not sell out venues, and I think he’s only ever had a couple of fights on pay-per-view. All he does is run around and talk s***.
‘He’s a coward. Now he’s got nothing at all to lose, basically. He ignored his duties as the WBC world heavyweight champion. It’s shocking he was allowed to do it as well. Absolutely shocking.’
Whyte is currently preparing for his rescheduled rematch against Alexander Povetkin, after the Russian withdrew from their bout this weekend after contracting the coronavirus.
The Brixton fighter insists he remains focused on securing a long-awaited title shot but would be open to ‘knocking out’ Wilder for both British and American fans.
Whyte is currently preparing for his rescheduled rematch against Alexander Povetkin (right)
‘When I was the challenger, I went through hell trying to get him [Wilder] to man up to fight me, and he wouldn’t fight me, so I’m going to chase the world title,’ Whyte added.
‘It’s a good fight, a fight that I’m interested in, but he needs to dance to my tune. I’m sure the British people and the American fans would love to see me knock him out. It’s going to be war. I’m just there to knock him out.’