American boxing legend and former pound for pound king Antonio Tarver has urged British heavyweight Dillian Whyte to back up his social media words.
Tarver has been the subject of considerable baiting by Whyte over recent times and believes ‘The Villian’ is just trying to enhance his own name on a worldwide level by calling out the five-time world champion.
“Obviously, Dillian Whyte’s saying he wants to fight but I don’t think he really wants it,” Tarver exclusively told World Boxing News.
“He’s trying to make a name off my name with the publicity he’s getting, or thinking he’s getting. He’s very disrespectful and a guy with no class. He’s distasteful and it shows you the type of person he is.
“Whyte doesn’t know what it is to be a champion. He’s never won anything, amateur or pro, and his claim to fame is getting knocked out by Anthony Joshua. So how the hell can this man dictate to me about a money situation? – We’ve never even had the first negotiations!
“We’ve never spoken to Eddie Hearn and there’s never been an official offer on the table, so all this guy is doing nothing but running his mouth.”
Whyte, 28, is firstly due for an outing at The Hydro in Glasgow on October 7 as part of Ricky Burns’ mandatory defence of his super-lightweight title before taking his place as part of a triple-header featuring old foe Joshua.
World champion ‘AJ’ is lined up to face either Kubrat Pulev, Joseph Parker or Bermane Stiverne in the Manchester headliner, whilst David Price and Whyte are earmarked to participate in separate contests on a ‘Night of the Giants’ card.
Tarver has made no secret of the fact that he’s interested in being a part of the event and it just remains to be seen whether Matchroom boss Hearn will pick up the phone to make it happen.