Dillion Whyte - "Heavyweight boxing is a joke"

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  1. Walter Sobchak

    Walter Sobchak Spinal! Full Member

    Aug 12, 2015
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    Britain's Dillian Whyte has dubbed heavyweight boxing "a joke" amid frustrations over the division's champions failing to agree fights.

    Whyte, 31, takes on Colombia's Oscar Rivas at London's O2 Arena on Saturday.

    Going into the bout, he has been ranked number one with the WBC - behind champion Deontay Wilder - for around two years without getting a title shot.

    "How can you be number one and the champion not fight you? It could be such a good era," Whyte told BBC Sport.

    "We can all fight one another three or four times. But these guys worry about losing, so it's a bit silly. We are all getting on, time waits for no man. I don't want to fight these guys at 35, or 36. We should fight now."

    Whyte has compiled nine impressive wins since his only career defeat to Joshua in 2015, earning him a healthy respect among fight fans for taking high-risk contests.

    He had the chance to face Joshua again in April but turned down the financial package offered to him, prompting Joshua to face - and ultimately lose to - Andy Ruiz Jr on 1 June.

    "I did expect him to beat Ruiz but wasn't surprised, it's heavyweight boxing," said Whyte, whose bout with Rivas will be covered in a BBC Sport live text.

    "You fight good fighters or take on world-class guys, you are going to lose. Only Wilder is undefeated and he's fought nobody. The one decent guy he fought is Tyson Fury, who should have beaten him.

    "He is fighting Luis Ortiz again in a rematch - what's the point? Heavyweight boxing is a joke.

    "Wilder was happy when Joshua lost to Ruiz. Why? What other fight other than Joshua is he going to get that kind of money from? He said Joshua was rubbish, so why didn't he fight him for $50m then? These guys are jokers man.

    "I'm sure after this fight, God willing everything goes according to plan - then there's no reason they can deny me."

    Whyte's promoter Eddie Hearn has lobbied the WBC to clarify why Wilder has not been ordered to face his man, who now has 25 wins and a single defeat to his name.

    Dereck Chisora, who Whyte beat in 2016 and 2018, said the WBC isn't recognising his conqueror and that boxing's politics come down to "who's a big dog, who's a gangster and who has real money".

    Whatever the view, a defeat to Rivas - who has 26 wins from 26 fights - would decimate any short-term plans Whyte has of a first world title shot.

    "Rivas is undefeated, experienced and has that ignorance and arrogance of never having lost before," Whyte told 5 Live Boxing.

    "He's never had to hang his head in shame, so he's dangerous. He oozes confidence and strength. I have been around the block and know how to deal with these guys now.

    "I still have a lot of learning to do but instinctively I sort of know how to adjust in fights."

    Preach Dillion son, preach.
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  2. delboy82

    delboy82 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Feb 18, 2014
    the way the WBC has treated him is nothing sort of shocking. That doesnt necessarily mean i think Whyte beats Wilder although i do give him a decent chance. But to be mando for the length of time he has been is disgraceful how many voluntaries has the WBC granted Wilder since Whyte was no1? anyone know?
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  3. velagod

    velagod Well-Known Member Full Member

    Oct 20, 2012
    Should of took the aj fight then.
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  4. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Nov 24, 2005
    He says "we can all fight each other 3 or 4 times" but he turned down an AJ fight when he'd been waiting 3 1/2 years to get it ???
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  5. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Nov 24, 2005
    The only guy to beat him as a professional, his arch-enemy, for the WBA/IBF/WBO belts .... he turned it down after years of chasing it.
    That's what happened, Dillian.
    It's a strange way of going about getting a 3 or 4 fight series.
  6. N17

    N17 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 16, 2013
    Maybe I am misunderstanding the way you put that but AJ beat him for the vacant British title and the commonwealth belt.

    Whyte has never fought for a world title.
  7. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Nov 24, 2005
    Yeah, I was refering to the fight that didn't happen, the one he turned down.
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  8. DON1

    DON1 ICEMAN Full Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    He is a joke. Turned down numerous opportunities, now the World must bow down to his misfortune.
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  9. Badbot

    Badbot I Am An Actual Pro. Full Member

    Apr 17, 2011
    "We can all fight one another three or four times."
    "Why would I fight him(Joseph Parker) again?"


    Also, didn't Whyte turn down the Joshua rematch?
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  10. On The Money

    On The Money Dangerous Journeyman Full Member

    Apr 4, 2012
    Whyte deserves a shot but isn't yet the marquee name he thinks he is.
  11. It's Ovah

    It's Ovah I am very physically burn you Full Member

    Sep 5, 2016
    Whyte contradicts himself quite a bit here, but what he's saying is fundamentally sound.

    He'll need to keep his eye on the ball with old man Rivas though. There's potential for an upset there.
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  12. delboy82

    delboy82 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Feb 18, 2014
    do you think its right that the WBC still havent called for the mando fight between him and Wilder. We can all use quotes from different people but that is all just talk and talk is cheap. The facts are the WBC havent called it despite him being no1 mando for over 600 days. I dont care what anyones opinions are or what other fights he could have had the WBC have been shocking here no one can defend it.
  13. DoubleJab666

    DoubleJab666 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Nov 9, 2015
    Whyte's problem is he's not good enough to get away with being controversial and opinionated. The result of this: he rubs up the wrong way the sport's people of influence but doesn't make himself attractive enough a proposition for those people to turn a blind eye to his inflammatory comments. In a nutshell, he does boxing politics really bad....
  14. MeatFeastMan

    MeatFeastMan Active Member Full Member

    Jan 4, 2018
    Yeah, and now there's no more running. The Wilder Bodyguard Council have finally given in to the huge pressure:

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    Finally! Deonkey has nowhere to hide. Well..he won't need to hide because he won't be the one facing Whyte anyways. May 2020, mark your calendars!
  15. ashishwarrior

    ashishwarrior Obsessed with Boxing banned Full Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Just under another 12 months for whyte to wait lol
    That right there will be nearly three years as mandatory pushing close to damn near to half a decade
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