Dillian Whyte reveals why he turned down Anthony Joshua

Heavyweight boxer Dillian Whyte nicknamed “the Body Snatcher” turned a fight which could have made him champion of the world.

Whyte’s goal has always been to get the chance to compete for a heavyweight title, but he turned down the chance to fight Anthony Joshua, claiming his proposal was a joke.

“If they want a serious fight, they need to make a serious offer. But clearly he’s not serious about fighting me, he’s trying to just talk and tick the box. I know my value, I know what value I bring. What people have got to understand is what’s a large chunk of money to them and what’s a large chunk of money to me? It’s two different things,” Whyte said to the BBC.

“I’m not trying to sound arrogant, but four million pounds? I’m one of the top four fighters in the world, and really you can’t offer Tyson Fury £15m and offer me four.”

“Of course I believe I can become a world champion, anything could happen, of course I believe I can beat [Joshua]. They wanted to pay me rubbish money in the first fight [and if] I beat him, they wanted the lion’s share of the rematch, which I didn’t think was right. Jarrell Miller is an easier fight for him. He beats Miller; Miller is cheaper, Miller has got no real profile. I’m way more dangerous for him than Miller is.”

Joshua currently holds three heavyweight world titles – the WBO, the WBA and the IBF. Whyte and Joshua last fought in 2015 and Joshua won in the seventh round.

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Punch time: Anthony Joshua lands a left on his way to a seventh-round stoppage of Dillian Whyte at the O2 Arena Photo: REUTERS

Since that loss, Whyte won nine fights in a row – including wins over Dereck Chisora, Joseph Parker, Robert Helenius, Dave Allen and Lucas Browne.

A rematch has been one of the most anticipated matches around, but not it seems to be up in the air despite Wembley Stadium being booked for 13th April at the beginning of the year.

“It’s clear to me that they have never been serious about making a fight with me for April 13,” Whyte told Telegraph Sport in January.

“If they were serious, they should have started negotiating sooner and with more realistic terms. The way he is going about business, Joshua won’t be fighting me, Wilder, or Fury any time soon.”

Dillian believes the World Boxing Council (WBC) has a role to play in him not having had his chance to get his World Champion moment.

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“I think they’re just trying to freeze me out for as long as they can, hoping I’ll get older and get demotivated,” Dillian told Radio 1 Newsbeat.

However, The WBC denies holding him back, saying they are openly following the rules.

The WBC have repeatedly said their No.1 contender is not guaranteed the mandatory challenger spot.

 

If Anthony Joshua does not come back with a better offer, it is unlikely the fight will happen this year. Whyte must wait for a shot at Wilder.

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