Wilder Calls Whyte A Pawn To Protect Joshua
As noted last week, negotiations and offers are starting to build for possible heavyweight title contention in 2018. And while there are no concrete plans, those who are looking sifting through the teas leaves believe that an Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder match will happen at some point of the new year. And while money has been a major factor that may hold up the fight from taking place, another road block seems to be in the way in Dillian Whyte.
Eddie Hearn, the promoter of both Anthony Joshua and Whyte, claims that he would want the British contender to face the WBC Champion, Wilder, before Wilder would face Joshua.
Last month in Cardiff, Whyte became the number one ranked contender under the WBC with a twelve round decision win over Robert Helenius, which opens the door for a potential fight that Hearn wants to happen in Feburary.
If Wilder were to defeat Whyte in February, he’d face Joshua in the summer of 2018, but Wilder has absolutely no interest in fighting Whyte.
Wilder believes that Whyte is just a pawn in a game played by Hearn to smokescreen the idea that Hearn is not serious about a Wilder/Joshua unification fight.
When asked about the negotiations for a Wilder-Joshua match, Wilder told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
“We have already spoken, I have already made my terms. If the UK fans and Eddie Hearn want to send their blockage to their cash cow, then add Joshua to the contract and I would love to whoop Dillian Whyte. That’s an easy fight, that’s a fight I win in my sleep, a fight I win with one hand tied behind my back.”
“Whyte is a one trick pony, he’s just a brawler, that’s it. Even Eddie Hearn doesn’t want to commit to Whyte, look how he’s got him hanging, he goes fight by fight with him. Dillian Whyte is just like a dirty rag that’s hanging out of Eddie Hearn’s pocket. I guarantee if they put Joshua through that contract with Whyte, you will see a fight, I will be there.”