Whyte Continues to Blast Wilder, WBC
Dillian Whyte has had quite the beef with the WBC over the past year, thanks to the boxing organization passing on him as mandatory challenger to heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Twice over the past year, despite Whyte being the WBC’s No. 1 ranked heavyweight contender for over 600 days, Whyte was passed over for mandatory status in favor of Dominic Breazeale. Two of Wilder’s four challengers over the past 24 months have been mandatories — Breazeale and Bermane Stiverne. Both were knocked out by Wilder in the first rounds of their title fights.
Whyte has continuously ripped the WBC for making who he claims are weaker fights as mandatories and adding accusations that Wilder is avoiding him and the WBC is protecting “Bronze Bomber” from him.
“Wilder loves the easy, inactive fighters as his mandatories which is why he’s still avoiding me after more than 600 days as the WBC number one,” Whyte told Talk Sport. “The two mandatories that Wilder has fought since becoming champion four-and-a-half years ago, Bermane Stiverne and Breazeale, had only fought four opponents between them in nearly six years combined! No wonder neither of them lasted even one round. Shameful, cherry-picked undeserving mandatories.
“Stiverne was gifted his world title shot for being knocked down by and barely beating Derric Rossy. Breazeale was given his world title shot for an untelevised fight against Eric Molina, who was coming off a very narrow six-round points victory over the journeyman Terrell Jamal Woods and serving a worldwide two-year drug ban at the time for failing a test after his fight with Anthony Joshua. He should never have been in the ring never mind involved in a ‘final’ eliminator. You really couldn’t make it up.”
The first time Whyte was passed up for Breazeale was in mid-2018, with the WBC ordering Whyte to face Luis Ortiz in a final eliminator. Instead of that or an IBF-mandated eliminator with Kubrat Pulev, Whyte battled Joseph Parker to a unanimous decision win in July 2018 before knocking out Dereck Chisora in a rematch six months later.
Whyte attempted to fight the WBC’s ordering of Wilder vs. Breazeale earlier this year to no avail.
Whyte returns to the ring on July 20 at The O2 Arena in London, England, taking on Oscar Rivas in a fight that Whyte hopes will finally earn him the mandatory status he feels he deserves.
Original Story: Boxing Scene