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2019

Whyte: No Wilder or Fury, ‘arrogant’ Joshua needs me to sell out Wembley!

World Boxing News 13/01/2019

📸 Lawrence Lustig

Dillian Whyte has sounded a warning to British rival Anthony Joshua regarding a possible clash on April 13 at Wembley Stadium.

Joshua seems to be backing out of an originally nailed-on agreement. AJ had all but confirmed the pair would meet again at England’s famous National Arena.

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The current heavyweight champion stated that if he failed to land Deontay Wilder for an undisputed unification, Whyte would be the opponent.

Promoter Eddie Hearn then made it public that Joshua v Whyte II was 80% done for the date. That was until Joshua covered the Canelo v Rocky Fielding event for DAZN at Madison Square Garden.

Upon sampling the atmosphere in New York, Joshua began having second thoughts about yet another appearance at Wembley.

American Jarrell Miller then emerged as a real alternative to Whyte for a US debut. With a decision expected by the end of this month.

Clearly frustrated, Whyte (📸 Lawrence Lustig) explained why a rematch fight of their 2015 meeting makes total sense for Joshua next.

“Apart from me, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder you can’t sell out Wembley so let’s be realistic,” Whyte told talkSPORT.

“It looks like Tyson Fury’s gonna fight Deontay Wilder. So if he’s serious he needs to stop messing about.

“This is an easy fight to make. It’s not a hard fight. I have the rankings, we have history.

“We fought twice already, no-one’s gonna complain about the fight. So what’s the problem?”


LOWBALL

On receiving a lowball offer from Joshua in the initial exchanges, Whyte added regarding his share: “[It’s] way off, how can I make more to fight Dereck Chisora?

“There’s middle ground, there’s okay ground and there’s way, way, way off. It’s arrogance,” stated ‘The Bodysnatcher.

Whyte revealing the nature of Joshua’s offer will ring true with Wilder, who also received a contract for much less than he was worth last year.

Accepting it in order to challenge for the titles, Wilder eventually backed out when a rematch clause was omitted alongside a signature from Joshua himself.

Wilder went on to enhance his reputation in one of the Fights of the Year against Fury, leaving Joshua out in the cold with a rematch on the horizon.

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