Deontay Wilder on Dillian Whyte: ‘Luis Ortiz BEATS him every time’
By Charles Brun: Deontay Wilder has responded to the trash talking comments made by Dillian Whyte on Thursday by saying that he isn’t afraid of fighting him, and that he’ll give him a shot once he’s in the WBC rankings.
WBC heavyweight champion Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) says Whyte would LOSE to Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz every time if he took that fight.
Unfortunately, Whyte has never showed any interest in fighting the highly skilled southpaw Ortiz. Even when the WBC ordered Whyte to face Ortiz in a title eliminator, he STILL didn’t take the fight.
Whyte has been ranked #1 by the WBC for a couple of years, but that doesn’t mean anything. He’s been on the cusp of earning a title shot against Wilder, but for some reason didn’t take the Ortiz when it was ordered by the WBC.
The big question is why did Whyte choose not take part in the WBC eliminator against Ortiz when it was ordered.
Deontay: Does anybody think Whyte would EVER beat Luis Ortiz?
“People know I ain’t scared to fight nobody. Anybody in the world think Whyte would ever beat a Luis Ortiz? 10/10 I give Ortiz that fight every f—- time,” said Wilder to Thaboxingvoice on Friday. “If he get up in the WBC rankings, ain’t no discussion, I want him.”
Whyte is technically ranked #1 with the World Boxing Council. Dillian briefly become Wilder’s mandatory and the interim WBC champion after beating Oscar Rivas by a 12 round unanimous decision on July 20th in a title eliminator. But afterwards, it was learned that Whyte, 31, had tested positive for a banned substance.
UKAD chose not to suspend Whyte while they conduct their investigation, which is STILL going on 4 months later. Whyte is free to fight while UKAD’s investigation is underway, but he’s no longer Wilder’s mandatory.
The WBC has suspended Whyte’s status as mandatory and interim champion while he’s being investigated. Whyte and his promoter Eddie Hearn aren’t happy with the WBC’s decision to suspend him, as they feel he should be able to still challenge Wilder as the mandatory while the investigation is still going on.
Dillian took the wrong path to get Wilder fight
Whyte has been trying to get a title shot against WBC champion Wilder, but he went about it the wrong way. Instead of going along with the program by taking part in a WBC title eliminator against Luis Ortiz, Whyte chose to fight other guys instead like Dereck Chisora, Robert Helenius, Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne and Joseph Parker.
In hindsight, it was a mistake on Whyte’s part in not agreeing to fight in the WBC title eliminator against ‘King Kong’ Ortiz. It appeared that Whyte thought the WBC would forget about him not taking part in the title eliminator against Ortiz, and they would just give him the mandatory status with him fighting the guys that he wanted to fight.
It would have been so easy for Whyte to get a fight against Wilder if he had just taken the fight with Ortiz instead of facing Chisora, Helenius, Browne and Parker.
Whyte views Wilder as a basketball player
“He’s just a tall basketball player from Alabama who used to work at McDonald’s,” said Whyte to Sky Sports Boxing. “There’s something in me that he’s seen, that I know, that’s a problem for him. Whether it’s the body punches, or it’s tenacity, or it’s just the sheer aggression that I will bring. I’m not scared of him. If I fought the same people he fought, I’d probably have a 100% KO ratio as well,” said Whyte.
It looks like Whyte is minimizing Wilder’s talent for some reason. He might think that if he can get Wilder upset enough, he’ll give him a world title in 2020 rather than him having to wait until 2021. Currently, Whyte won’t get a title shot against Wilder until 2021, and that’s if his B-sample comes up negative. If it’s positive for PEDs, then there’s a chance that Whyte will be suspended by UKAD.