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Dillian Whyte: “Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have been conning the public”

Dillian Whyte against Tyson Fury

Dillian Whyte 28-2 (19) is once again targeting Deontay Wilder 42-1-1 (41) and says he is prepared to face the fearsome American power-puncher in his own backyard.

The 32-year-old Londoner was the longtime mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight title held by Wilder before the 35-year-old lost the belt to Tyson Fury 30-0-1 (21) by seventh-round knockout in February last year.

Whyte then had his own world championship ambitions scuttled when he suffered a shock fifth-round knockout loss to Russian veteran Alexander Povetkin 36-3-1 (25) last August.

Whyte reversed the result with a one-sided fourth-round knockout victory over Povetkin in their immediate rematch last month and now wants a crack at Wilder despite no world title being on the line.

In order to achieve that, he says he is prepared to fight in the US to drum up interest in a fight with the Alabama man known as ‘The Bronze Bomber’.

“I think the public demand for the Wilder fight is already there, to be honest,” Whyte told Sky Sports.

“There’s a lot of demand for it already. But fighting in America doesn’t hurt and it does increase the profile and the interest, and a different fan base and following. It would be good to get a big fight in America in the summer.

“I’ll fight Wilder in Alabama if that’s what is going to make him feel secure and safe enough to take the fight.

“If he wants, he can have the home judges, his hometown, whatever. I don’t care. I’d even fight him in his own home, the kitchen, the garage, the garden, wherever. I just want to get hold of him and hurt him.

“I’m going to go to fight, I’m going to give it my all, and be the best I can be. I always come to fight and leave it all in the ring.

“I’m coming for war. I’m coming to put on a destructive display. Wherever the fight is, whatever is going on, I’m cool.”

Whyte collected the WBC interim title with his win over Povetkin in Gibraltar but with Fury seemingly locked into a two-fight deal with WBA, WBO and IBF champion Anthony Joshua 24-1 (22) this year, it appears the earliest he can hope for a world title shot is 2022.

“It would be nice to fight back in England, but now with the crowd situation, we have to wait and see what’s the best option,” said Whyte.

“What’s more feasible, what brings me closer to the Fury fight and what is the next best move for my career. Let’s see if it’s America or England, or wherever. I just want to be busy and fight again.

“Anywhere the fight is, I just want to fight. As long as I’m fighting and I’m progressing and I’m entertaining the fans and building my career, and it’s a good fight. That’s it.

“I don’t care where the fight is, to be honest. Whether it’s in Vegas or Wembley, or York Hall. The main thing is getting the victory and being involved in a big, important fight. That’s the main thing for me.

“I’m long overdue a massive fight. It’s frustrating that Fury has been ducking me after Wilder ducked me for years. These guys are jokers. I’ve beaten more Ring Magazine top 10 fighters than both of them put together. They’ve just been conning the public.”