Dillian Whyte appears to have been duped by Anthony Joshua after revealing he hasn’t received any offers for a rematch and slammed talk as a ‘waste of time’. AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn affirmed that Whyte is the frontrunner to box Joshua in the summer, but The Body Snatcher isn’t confident he will commit to his promise despite AJ also talking up another fight with his rival.
Whyte handed Joshua his first defeat in the amateurs 12 years ago yet was unable to replicate it when they fought as pros in 2015. Despite wobbling Joshua in the second round with a vicious left hook, the Watford powerhouse was able to regain a foothold in the contest and went on to stop Whyte in the seventh.
Now, Whyte has opened up on feeling ‘frustrated’ and questioned whether they have real intentions of making the fight. “AJ’s doing what he wants to do. Listen, if he really wants to fight me it’s not very hard to make,” Whyte told The Daily Mail.
“It’s 1-1 and I’ve been chasing that fight for the last seven years. I don’t understand why we can’t get the fight on. Obviously, it’s a big fight for Britain and for DAZN. DAZN need big fights and big content. I don’t know why they’re not pushing for it.
However, with the Brixton boxer losing patience with Joshua and his team, he has called for the long-awaited grudge match against Deontay Wilder as an alternative. Whyte spent over 1000 days as Wilder’s mandatory during his reign as WBC champion but never got a shot at the American.
“I win and then there’s no conversation about the AJ fight or nothing,” Whyte added. “So obviously I’m not gonna sit around and wait and be used as a scapegoat like they did to me a couple years ago.
“We are just looking to see what’s next and who’s next. I’ve had enough of waiting around. I waited years and years as No 1 contender to fight that coward, fraud Wilder who avoided me and apparently is still scared to fight me which is pathetic.
“That is the problem with boxing. Everyone should have to fight each other like in UFC.” Joshua is set to box Jermaine Franklin next on April 1 at the O2 Arena, London. After which his British rivalry with Whyte is expected to be revisited.