Whyte Focusing On Breazeale Next
With Anthony Joshua focusing on a potential United States debut against Jarrell Miller, Dillian Whyte has also turned his focus to an American fighter, Dominic Breazeale.
Both fighters are in-line for a shot at Deontay Wilder’s WBC world heavyweight championship, and Whyte told Sky Sports that he needs to move on from Joshua.
“The Joshua fight is dead. It is not happening at the minute so we move on,” Whyte told Sky Sports.
“The good thing is I am in a position where I have got options. We wanted the fight, I think they wanted the fight as well but sometimes negotiations break down.
“I believe I have a certain value, bring a certain value to the fight. I need belief that this is what he wants to give me.”
When asked what was next for him, Whyte said: “I fight April 20 here [The O2] hopefully against Dominic Breazeale, Alexander Povetkin, Luis Ortiz or one of those guys. Let’s see what Eddie can deliver in the next couple of days.
“I would fight Dominic Breazeale because he is a big guy, only lost once and he is WBC mandatory challenger,” he added.
“Even though I am number one for almost two years he is number three and the mandatory – I don’t understand. We want to get to the bottom of that situation once and for all.”
“He [Whyte] likes to gamble,” promoter Eddie Hearn said. “He [wants] that world title shot but he wants what he perceives to be his value in that fight and he thinks if he is going to beat those guys, continue to win, his value is going to continue to increase,” Hearn said.
“There are four guys in the heavyweight division right now and Dillian Whyte is right at the forefront. You have got the other guys trying to break into that spot. Jarrell Miller, Dominic Breazeale, even younger fighters coming through.
“Dillian is always ready to fight. If it is not going to be Joshua it will be April 20 and we will sort that all out next week.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports