Whyte Calls Wilder’s Toughness ‘Fake’
Dillian Whyte is back to action — and so, too, are his shots at WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Whyte is returning to the ring on Dec. 7, taking on Mariusz Wach in Saudi Arabia as part of the undercard for Andy Ruiz vs. Anthony Joshua 2. It will be his first fight since a July win over Oscar Rivas, and his push to be WBC mandatory challenger, was soiled by failing a post-fight drug test.
Mandatory status or not, however, Whyte feels Wilder not only doesn’t want to face him, but that how Wilder behaves in front of the cameras is just a persona and a fake.
“I just believe there’s something in me that he’s seen, that I know, that’s a problem for him,” Whyte said. “Whether it’s the body punches, or it’s the tenacity, or it’s just the sheer aggression that I will bring. I’m not scared of him. I won’t be there laughing and doing all this ‘Bomb Squad’ stuff. He’s just a tall basketball player from Alabama who used to work in McDonald’s. He’s not this street kid and this bad boy, he’s none of that. That’s just fake.
“What grown man goes around screaming…when I shout ‘Bomb Squad’ I turn into my alter ego and someone else, that’s nonsense.”
When Whyte was passed over for mandatory status by the WBC in favor of Dominic Breazeale, Whyte started a war of over a year against the sanctioning body, going on tirades at every opportunity. Rather than face Luis Ortiz or Kubrat Pulev in, respectively, WBC and IBF final eliminators, he defeated Joseph Parker in July 2018 before knocking out Dereck Chisora in a rematch.
Whyte then defeated Rivas this past July to become interim WBC heavyweight champion and the mandatory challenger after over 600 days as No. 1 contender, but his status was provisionally suspended for failing a drug test.
U.K. Anti-Doping still has not released final results on the matter, but even then, Whyte is likely not to get his crack at WBC gold until 2021 thanks to the upcoming February rematch between Wilder and Tyson Fury.
Original Story: Sky Sports