Dillian Whyte has joined promoter Eddie Hearn in stating a fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is destined not to happen in 2018.
Hearn previously stated to Betting Pro that the former unified king wasn’t ready to challenge the WBC heavyweight champion this year and ‘everyone in boxing knows that (Fury won’t take the fight in 2018 unless he’s getting $20m). I don’t think he’ll take the fight against Wilder to be honest with you.”
A few days on, and Whyte has spoken to the same media outlet to air his views.
“I’m happy that (Tyson Fury) is back,” Whyte told BettingPro.com. “I’m glad that he got himself out of a bad place but you know, Tyson Fury talks a lot of smack but he doesn’t want any smoke, he doesn’t want to fight.
“I can’t see him fighting Wilder but they agreed to a fight and he’ll pull out with an injury because he’s not ready.”
Whyte is also disappointed in his own situation with the WBC having been ranked at number one for winning the WBC Silver title.
Due to WBC mandatory rules, Whyte is expected to fight the next ranked boxer to secure his place, but when ordered to face Luis Ortiz, ‘The Bodysnatcher’ declined to negotiate.
This meant Whyte was forced to wait, having already rejected an IBF official eliminator opposite Kubrat Pulev (eventually taken by Hughie Fury), and the Londoner is obviously not happy with the regulations in place.
“I’ve been trying to fight Wilder for what, two years I think,” Whyte added in his interview. “I’ve been the No 1 challenger for about a year. I’ve had about 12 WBC sanctioned fights, I’ve had about 12 WBC title fights but it is what it is.
“There is a lot of politics in the game and if you look at it this way, fight Dillian Whyte…it’s going to be a hell of a difficult fight but fight Tyson Fury he’s not going to hurt you because he can’t punch and he’s rusty as hell at the minute.
“Wilder has a good chance of knocking him out. It’s a business. Wilder’s thinking ‘I’ll take the easier day’s work’,” he predicted.