Dillian Whyte gives first reaction to Deontay Wilder calling him out, says American must must ‘dance to my tune’

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Dillian Whyte has responded to Deontay Wilder after the ‘Bronze Bomber’ said he wants to fight him if he can’t get Tyson Fury next.

The former WBC heavyweight champion was dethroned by Fury back in February, but activated his contractual clause to force a third fight between them.

Wilder says he wants to fight Whyte

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Wilder says he wants to fight Whyte

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Following a number of delays, the ‘Gypsy King’s’ team now claim that the contract has expired and so they intend to move on and fight Anthony Joshua next in 2021.

However, Wilder’s camp have now initiated the dispute resolution provision in the contract to have a judge settle the matter through mediation and then binding arbitration.

Should this not be ruled in his favour, Wilder said on the Last Stand Podcast: “Dillian Whyte, I want Dillian Whyte and I want Dillian Whyte.

“The dude is obsessed with me, man.

“It feels like he acting like we went together and then we had a bad break up which we can’t get over.

“Maybe I have some good p**** or something, I don’t know? No homo.

“He always tried to come out with lies and all this. I’m the man that he wants to be, I’m the man that a lot of these fighters want to be.”

Whyte was the WBC mandatory until his defeat to Povetkin


Whyte was the WBC mandatory until his defeat to Povetkin

Whyte reacted by telling Sky: “Tyson Fury is not fighting him, so who else can he make any money from?

“Deontay Wilder is not a big draw at all. Even when he was heavyweight champion, he could not sell out venues, and I think he’s only ever had a couple of fights on pay-per-view. All he does is run around and talk s***.

“If he fights [Joseph] Parker, there’s nothing in it. If he fights [Robert] Helenius, nothing. If he fights me, it’s the only way he’s going to make any form of decent money.

“Yeah of course it can happen next year, but I beat [Alexander] Povetkin and I’ll be chasing a world title.

“When I was the challenger, I went through hell trying to get him [Wilder] to man up to fight me, and he wouldn’t fight me, so I’m going to chase the world title.

“It’s a good fight, a fight that I’m interested in, but he needs to dance to my tune.

“I want to beat the guy up, to be honest with you. Personally, I don’t like him. I think he’s a bad ambassador for the sport.

“I’m sure the British people and the American fans would love to see me knock him out. It’s going to be war. I’m just there to knock him out.

Whyte must avenge his defeat to Povetkin in their rematch

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Whyte must avenge his defeat to Povetkin in their rematch

His promoter Hearn reacted to Wilder’s comments by saying on iFL TV: “That’s convenient of him, Dillian Whyte’s only wanted to box him for ten years.

“Listen, Dillian Whyte has got the fight of his life against Alexander Povetkin first.

“You know what’s weird? I saw that list, he didn’t mention AJ, did he?

“I mean, you’ve got the unified world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, and he still don’t wanna fight him.

“Anyway, we’ll move on from that.

“Dillian Whyte against Deontay Wilder is a really big fight, but Dillian’s got bigger fish to try at the moment.

“He’s got to beat Alexander Povetkin and then he wants to fight for the world title.”

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