Whyte rejects Chisora rematch
By Scott Gilfoid: Dillian Whyte is not interested in facing Dereck Chisora in a rematch for his next match following his 12 round decision win over former heavyweight champion Joseph Parker last Saturday night.
Whyte (24-1, 17 KOs) says he wants to get one more fight under his belt in November or December before he possibly challenges Anthony Joshua for his three heavyweight titles on April 13 at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Chisora is coming off arguably his biggest career win last Saturday night in stopping fringe contender Carlos Takam (35-5-1, 27 KOs) in the 8th round at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Chisora, 34, wasn’t supposed to beat Takam, even though he’s three years younger than the 37-year-old. Chisora shocked a lot of boxing fans in landing a peach of a right hand to the back of Takam’s head in the 8th round to put him down on the canvas. A second knockdown of Takam came moments later, resulting in Chisora having his hand raised as the victor in a career-defining fight. This is likely as good as it gets for Chisora, as it’s unlikely he’ll ever be able to top this fight unless he can get a second match against Whyte. Chisora had Whye’s number last time they fought, and there’s a good chance he’ll beat him again. But it looks like Whyte has no intention of letting Chisora get a chance of beating him.
It’s going to be difficult for Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn to find an opponent that brings more to the table than the 34-year-old Chisora (29-8, 21 KOs) for Whyte’s next fight. Unless Hearn wants to go mental and throw some mad money at one of the top contenders at heavyweight, Whyte will end up facing a lesser fighter than Chisora. Of course, maybe that’s what Whyte ultimately wants, as most boxing fans felt that he lost to Chisora in their fight in December 2016. Whyte won a 12 round split decision over Chisora, but he sure looked like he deserved a big fat loss in that fight.
”The donkey is always there, always hoping for a ride,” Whyte said to Sky Sports News in talking about Chisora. “Right now there’s bigger and better fish to fry. The donkey is always there, always hoping for a ride.”
Whyte is good at ruling out opponents like Chisora, but he doesn’t seem to have any ideas about who his promoter Eddie Hearn should dig up for him to fight. It sure as heck isn’t going to be WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Hearn doesn’t want to give Wilder his asking price of $7 million to defend against Whyte. I mean, that’s half the price that Hearn is offering Wilder to fight Joshua on Apri 13 next year at Wembley Stadium in London. Hearn wants Wilder to agree to $15 million for the mega-fight against Joshua.
With Whyte saying no to the Chisora fight, his likely options for his December fight are from this list:
David Allen Since Whyte wants nothing to do with Chisora, this is probably the best he can hope for from Hearn for his December fight. Allen is domestic level fighter with good punching power. Whyte already beat Allen by a 10 round decision two years ago in 2016. That fight took place when Allen was just 24. He’s older now, and he’s sitting down on his shots a lot better. If Allen catches Whyte with one of his big right hands, he could stop him like he did in beating Nick Webb.
– Charles Martin
– Bermane Stiverne
– Joe Joyce – Whyte likely won’t agree to this fight because Joyce is too dangerous for him
– BJ Flores – I can see Whyte taking this fight
– Jarrell Miller – Hearn probably won’t match Whyte against Miller, because he needs the two of them to keep winning in order to keep their popularity high. Hearn wants to use Miller for his DAZN fights, so he’s not going to risk having him lose to Whyte.
– Erkan Teper
– Adam Kownacki
– Luis Ortiz – This would be a VERY doable fight for Whyte if he were willing to risk being knocked cold by the southpaw Cuban talent. Unfortunately, I don’t think Whyte wants anything to do with Ortiz, because if he did, he would have agreed to face him in a WBC title eliminator when the World Boxing Council ordered the fight. Further, Hearn would likely protest the idea of Whyte facing the 6’4” Ortiz, and it’s possible that he would drag his feet enough so that the fight never gets made. One way of Hearn doing that would be to give Ortiz a lowball offer that he would never agree with.
– Agit Kabayel
– Christian Hammer
– Alexander Dimitrenko
– Bryant Jennings
Joseph Parker – Rematch. A second fight between Whyte and Parker would be a good idea because of the blown call in round two with the bogus knockdown, as well as the wide scoring that seemed to be way off to the actual fight that took place. Whyte vs. Parker 2 would be a good choice for December.
Hearn has deep enough pockets to get any of those fighter to come over to the UK to face Whyte in December, including Wilder, but he would need to make a big enough offer for them to take the fight. They’re not going to take the fight for chickenfeed.
“I want to fight Anthony Joshua again, and Deontay Wilder also,” Whyte said. ”There are good fights out there. November or December? We’ll see what’s what. Now it’s time for me to get what I deserve.”
Well, Whyte hasn’t beaten the tougher guys in terms of contenders. Whyte’s win over Parker was somewhat controversial. I had Parker winning eight of twelve rounds in the fight. Whyte was given credit for a head-butt knockdown by referee Ian John Lewis. You take away that bogus knockdown, and Parker wins that fight. Whyte says he’s earned the title shot, but I don’t know if you can rightfully say that, because he hasn’t beaten the top dog Luis Ortiz. Whyte’s wins in the last two years have come against Robert Helenius, Parker, Ivica Bacurin, David Allen, Lucas Browne, Dereck Chisora (controversial decision), Ian Lewison and Malcolm Tann. If Whyte proved that he could beat Luis Ortiz, it would have more value than all of those fighters put together. I don’t think Whyte can beat Ortiz.