Dillian Whyte has revealed he received an opening offer from Anthony Joshua for a fight on April 13, but branded the proposal “utterly ridiculous.”
The 30-year-old heavyweight, who’s forged a path back to world title contention after being defeated by AJ early in his career, believes his rival doesn’t want a rematch and claims he’s been offered less than he made for his last fight against Dereck Chisora.
Joshua has seemingly turned his attention to his division’s top contenders such as Whyte and Jarrell Miller, with his first choice opponents Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury currently negotiating a rematch between themselves.
“There’s been a first offer but it is utterly ridiculous,” Whyte told Jim White on talkSPORT, “It’s way less than what I made against Chisora basically.
“It is a ridiculous offer, they’re not serious about the fight, I don’t think they want the fight, I think they just made an offer to cover ground.
“It’s just silly, I’m a pay-per-view fighter now in the UK which I’ve built by myself against all the odds.
“It’s not like I’m a journeyman. I’ve had nine fights since I fought him and won them all in spectacular fashion.
“I don’t think he wants to fight me, there’s easier paydays out there for him and he knows that I will bring problems to his mum’s house, so he don’t want it.”
Whyte is well aware of his strong standing in the current heavyweight picture, as Joshua Wembley Stadium booked for April 13 without an opponent to fill it with.
Promoter Eddie Hearn initially revealed the April date was being set up for a post-war record 100,000 crowd at the national arena, however this could be a tough sell without a top name to face the champion.
“Apart from me, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder you can’t sell out Wembley,” Whyte continued, “So let’s be realistic.
“It looks like Tyson Fury’s gonna fight Deontay Wilder, so if he’s serious he needs to stop messing about.
“This is an easy fight to make, it’s not a hard fight, I have the rankings, we have history.
“We fought twice already, no-one’s gonna complain about the fight, so what’s the problem?”
“[It’s] way off, how can I make more to fight Dereck Chisora? There’s middle ground, there’s okay ground and there’s way, way, way off. It’s arrogance.
Rumours had also surfaced in recent days that former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko could be set for a 2019 comeback against Dillian Whyte.
The ‘Body Snatcher’ responded to this talk by declaring: “I’ll fight Wladimir Klitschko and knock him out if he comes back, I’ll definitely knock him out,
“I know exactly what to do. I trained alongside him, I sparred him for years and I know what he’s like, I’d knock him out.
“He’s a great fighter, he gave Anthony Joshua hell, but I just believe it’s my time now and I know what to do. I know how I need to fight him.
“Of course he can [put me down] he’s very experienced.
“I just believe I will take it into his kitchen and rip the sink out, he doesn’t like body punches as well, I know that from sparring with him.”
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