British heavyweight Dillian Whyte (26-1) is clearly not a fan of the theory that WBC champ Deontay Wilder (42-0-1) is by far the hardest puncher in the division right now.
“The Body Snatcher” shared his thoughts that Wilder is fighting “tomato cans” . The Brit will be making his return to the ring on the undercard of Andy Ruiz – Anthony Joshua on December 7 in Saudi Arabia.
Whyte hasn’t been active since the summer when he defeated Oscar Rivas via UD. His next opponent is Poland’s Mariusz Wach (35-5). The two will square off in a 10 round contest, but the fight won’t be a co-headline bout of the show.
The 31-year-old was supposed to trade punches with “The Bronze Bomber” since he was the mandatory challenger for the last two years, but for some reason, he didn’t get the shot. Earlier this year WBC ordered an elimination fight between him and Dominic Breazeale, but Whyte wasn’t having any of that and therefore the American get the shot.
“You can see why people say that. He’s fought 41 tomato cans and knocked them all out. If I fought the same people he fought, I’d probably have a 100% KO ratio as well,” said Whyte to Sky Sports.
“I just believe there’s something in me that he’s seen, that I know, that’s a problem for him,” said Whyte in giving his view on why Deontay hasn’t fought him. “Whether it’s the body punches, or it’s tenacity, or it’s just the sheer aggression that I will bring.”
It sounds like Whyte is trying hard to anger Wilder enough for him to fight him, but that’s probably not going to happen. Wilder has a rematch scheduled against Tyson Fur on February 22, and if he wins that fight, he’ll face the Joshua vs. Ruiz winner.
“I’m not scared of him. I won’t be there laughing and doing all this ‘Bomb Squad’ stuff,” said Whyte. “He’s just a tall basketball player from Alabama who used to work at McDonald’s. He’s not this street kid and this bad boy, he’s none of that. That’s just fake,” said Whyte about Wilder.
Dillian won the interim WBC heavyweight title last July with a 12 round decision win over Oscar Rivas last July, but the WBC opted to delay his mandatory title shot due to his adverse finding during a drug test by UKAD. Once the drug testing agency clears Whyte, then the WBC will order Wilder to face him in 2021.