Dillian Whyte has revealed that he turned down the chance to fight IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua because they gave him a “silly” offer, as reported on BBC Sport.
Joshua and Whyte were both interested in fighting again this year, but the negotiations stalled due to Whyte being offered “rubbish” money.
Joshua will now face Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller in New York on 1st June. Whyte said:
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.
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. 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.
Joshua has one remaining belt to win to unify the division and become the undisputed king of the heavyweight division, but that WBC belt currently belongs to Deontay Wilder, with the pair expected to fight soon.