While Dillian Whyte’s next fight was announced on Monday, the WBC silver heavyweight champion would not have minded taking the empty slot against Anthony Joshua on June 1st.
Speaking to Sky Sports on Monday following the announcement of his fight against Oscar Rivas, Whyte was not surprised Jarrell Miller is no longer fighting Joshua.
“I wasn’t surprised, not surprised,” Whyte said of Miller failing three drug tests for three different performance enhancers. “I’ve been saying it for years, you can’t be over 300 pounds and throwing over 200 punches…it’s impossible. I’m 250-260 and I struggle throwing 100 punches per round, and I’m a fit heavyweight.”
“I don’t know man, I take it step-by-step,” Whyte told Sky Sports on whether or not the win against Rivas is a path to a fight with Joshua.
“What you deserve you don’t always get,” the WBC’s #1 ranked heavyweight lamented.
“I told (Eddie Hearn) that I’ll step in on June 1st and take the fight. I said to Eddie ‘let me be an option.” I’ve been training for four weeks and Joshua’s be in VADA testing for eight weeks, now. I said ‘I’m four weeks in, let’s go.”
And while they may not be the case, with Deontay Wilder aligned with Showtime and Tyson Fury aligned with ESPN, a win against Rivas may give Whyte his long awaited rematch with Joshua this fall, potentially at Wembley Stadium.