The recently victorious Dillian Whyte has made his thoughts known regarding the rest of the heavyweight division, via Sky Sports.
Defeating Joseph Parker of New Zealand in a narrow-yet-unanimous points decision on Saturday, the 30-year-old can now afford to turn his attentions elsewhere.
A 24-1 professional boxing record includes a sole blemish coming at the hands of fellow Matchroom Sport promoted Anthony Joshua, and a rematch with the company’s golden boy is one Whyte yearns for.
The body-snatcher said of AJ:
It’s the biggest fight out there at the minute, let’s see if we can get it made. It gives away my strategy if I say how I would beat him, I just know I will beat him when the time comes. I always want to fight AJ, he’ll be at the top of my list for my whole life.
Where me and Joshua are concerned, it doesn’t matter where it is, it could be an empty room, it will still be the same nerve and tension, the same everything. It could be one person, 10 people or 10,000 people watching, it’s the same. We have that inner thing, we just want to hurt each other.
Their first contest took place in December of 2015, and saw the Watford-native knock out Whyte in the seventh round at the O2 Arena.
Joshua has immediate plans to meet Alexander Povetkin of Russia in a mandatory WBA title defence, but a vacant date for Wembley in April of 2019 could see Whyte step into the ring with the world champion.
Despite this, Joshua’s preference will almost certainly be to fight Deontay Wilder, in a contest that would crown an undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Wilder is a fighter Whyte could also see himself facing up to:
Wilder does not want to fight anyone who can hurt him, someone dangerous. I’m proven and resilient.
With Wilder, I just have to clip him once or twice and it’ll be over, he will not be able to stand up to the pressure and power I will bring. You’ve seen the power I carry late on in the fight and I know he would not be able to deal with it.
Tyson Fury is another option for Whyte, not that the Jamaican-born brawler sees much of a threat in the former lineal champion:
Fury is a joker, he’s a mess, mentally and physically, he’s irrelevant right now. He’s saying he wants to fight Wilder, I think he is talking rubbish. If he wants a real fight, I am here, let’s get it on in December. It’s more realistic, him fighting me.
We can get it on in December, it’ll have the money and hype, it’s a massive fight. If he is serious then he knows where I am at so let’s get it on.