Dillian Whyte slams Tyson Fury & Deontay Wilder

By Boxing News - 08/19/2018 - Comments

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By Tim Royner: Dillian Whyte lashed out at heavyweights Tyson Fury, Francesco Pianeta and Deontay Wilder last Saturday night, letting the fans know what little he thinks of the three fighters. Whyte (24-1, 17 KOs) was less than impressed with what he saw of Fury’s fight against former two-time heavyweight world title challenger Pianeta (35-5-1, 21 KOs) in their bout last Saturday night at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Whyte said Fury and Pianeta looked like two “powder puff” heavyweights looking to pound each other. Whyte ended up saying that he thinks he could have knocked Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) out if he’d been the one fighting him last Saturday.

“This is the heavyweight champion of boxing, biggest coward,” Dillian Whyte said about Wilder. ”[He] Don’t want to face his number one challenger. Let’s go bum squad!”

Whyte sounds green with envy at the attention Fury and Wilder are getting right now.

Whyte seems to be upset at Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) for him not giving him a title shot. Whyte is ranked #1 with the World Boxing Council. However, the WBC has yet to make him Wilder’s mandatory challenger despite his victories over Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne, Joseph Parker, Dereck Chisora and Robert Helenius in the last two years. Wilder initially asked Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn for $7 million to defend against him last year. Hearn offered Wilder $4 million, which was rejected. Recently, Hearn said he would give Wilder $7 or $8 million to face Whyte, but it’s unknown if he was serious about that offer. Even if Wilder did accept the offer, it would likely come with a big catch in which he would wind up fighting Whyte on DAZN. Wilder is with Showtime Boxing, so it would likely be problematic if he were to accept Hearn’s offer to defend against Whyte.

”Mark my words, I would knock Tyson Fury out in five rounds maximum, trust me,” Whyte said. ”This is nonsense. What is this? Two powder puff men pounding each other to death,” Whyte said about Fury vs. Pianeta.

Fury, 6’9” fought well enough last Saturday to defeat Whyte. Fury would have changed his game for a fight against Whyte. He wouldn’t have allowed Whyte to get in punching range like he was doing against the 6’5” Pianeta. Fury would likely use his jab and movement to befuddle Whyte all night long, and make him look bad. A fight between Fury and Whyte is unlikely to happen anytime soon. Whyte is being positioned by Hearn to face Anthony Joshua on April 13 next year at Wembley Stadium. Whyte, of course, will be a huge underdog in that fight. Joshua has already beaten Whyte once in stopping him in the 7th round in 2015. A rematch between the two Matchroom Boxing heavyweights figures to have the same results with Joshua doing a number on the 30-year-old Whyte again. Once Whyte loses to Joshua a second time, it’s going to take him two to three years to rebuild from that loss. Fury isn’t going to bother wasting a fight against the beaten Whyte because there’s no upside in taking that fight.