Dillian Whyte is still talking about former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and his outfit excuse that he made to explain why he lost his last fight against Tyson Fury.
Whyte (27-1, 18 KOs) says he wore a similar 40+ pound outfit for his fight last year against Oscar Rivas on July 20, 2019, and it didn’t weaken his legs.
Dillian doesn’t agree with Wilder’s uniform excuse, and he feels it’s just BS on his part in coming up with that. At this point, it doesn’t matter. Wilder is no longer the WBC champion, and Whyte is now mandatory for Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs). Whyte is supposed to get a title shot by February of 2021.
If Wilder beats Fury in trilogy fight this year, then Whyte will be facing him at some point. Unfortunately, it probably won’t be in February of next year. That’s a pipe dream on Whyte’s part. He’s not getting that title shot, be it Fury or Wilder. The winner of their fight will take on IBF/WBA/WBO champion Anthony Joshua.It would wise for Whyte to swing his attention over from Wilder to WBC belt-holder Fury because that’s the guy that he’ll likely hold the belt by the time Dillian gets his title shot. It’s troubling that Whyte is STILL talking about Wilder because it seems to suggest that he’s not keeping up on things to realize that he’s not the champion any longer.
Whyte should be furious at Fury right now after his comments made towards him this week. Fury said that Whyte brings nothing to the table and that he’s just looking for a payday. He says Whyte can’t sell and isn’t a sellable fight. The fighters that Fury wants to face are Wilder and Anthony Joshua.
Fury let Whyte know that he’s not a money guy, and he said that he WON’T be fighting him until after he faces Joshua twice in 2021. That means that the earliest that Whyte can expect to challenge for the WBC title is in 2021. If the World Boxing Council attempts to force Fury to face Whyte, then hell likely vacate his strap unless it’s stripped from him first.
There’s a world of difference between the guy that Whyte fought last year in Rivas compared to Wilder battling the 6’9″ Fury. Would Whyte still be making light of the uniform situation if he wore his 40+ pound outfit before a fight against Fury? The mobility that Fury uses would have caused Whyte a lot of problems if his legs were a little tired from wearing the heavy 40+ lb ring walk unform.Whyte still needs to beat Alexander Povetkin (35-2-1, 24 KOs) in August, and if he loses that fight, then he can forget about his title shot against whoever ends up with the WBC belt next year.
Povetkin, 40, isn’t in the prime of his career, but he’s still a solid fighter who punches hard enough to stop Whyte. That’s a fight that Whyte needs to focus on because if he doesn’t come in at his best, Povetkin will beat him.