Dillian Whyte has hit out at Anthony Joshua and claims he was offered just £4million to fight his countryman.
It had been suggested Whyte and Joshua would fight for a second time with an open slot at Wembley on April 13.
Whyte is seeking a heavyweight world title shot having won all of his nine fights since losing to fellow Brit Joshua in December 2015, including defeats of Joseph Parker and Dereck Chisora in his last two bouts.
The 30-year-old has previously described the offers put to him as “utterly ridiculous” though refused to reveal the exact amount. A deal could not be reached in the end with Joshua turning to Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller, who he will face in New York on June 1 as he again defends his IBF, WBA and WBO titles towards his goal of becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion.
Brixton-born fighter Whyte wants the WBC to make him their next mandatory title challenger but could face any of Luis Ortiz, Alexander Povetkin, Manuel Charr or Agit Kabayel next per his promoter Eddie Hearn.
But Whyte is still fuming at a failure to organise a rematch with Joshua in order to avenge the only loss of his 26-fight career – insisting the unbeaten 29-year-old offered him four times less than he offered Tyson Fury.
Details of the purse put forward to Fury by Joshua’s camp have been scarce, with it thought simply that the ‘Gypsy King’ wanted nothing less than 50-50.
But Whyte insists Fury was offered as much as £15m for an epic all-British contest.
He told BBC documentary Fighting To Be Champ: “If they want a serious fight, they need to make a serious offer.
“But clearly he’s not serious about fighting me, he’s trying to just talk and tick the box. I know my value, I know what value I bring.
“What people have got to understand is what’s a large chunk of money to them and what’s a large chunk of money to me? It’s two different things.
“I’m not trying to sound arrogant, but four million pounds? I’m one of the top four fighters in the world, and really you can’t offer Tyson Fury £15m and offer me four.”
And Whyte insists Joshua has taken a step down by settling for a clash with Miller.
There had been hopes AJ would face Deontay Wilder in a highly-anticipated bout that would put all four major heavyweight belts on the line, while a showdown with Fury was also mooted before a scrap with Whyte failed to come to fruition.
Whyte added: “Of course I believe I can become a world champion, anything could happen, of course I believe I can beat [Joshua].
“They wanted to pay me rubbish money in the first fight [and if] I beat him, they wanted the lion’s share of the rematch, which I didn’t think was right.
“Jarrell Miller is an easier fight for him. He beats Miller; Miller is cheaper, Miller has got no real profile. I’m way more dangerous for him than Miller is.”
After an immediate rematch between Wilder and Fury was shelved, the former will defend his WBC belt against Dominic Breazeale on May 18 in New York while Fury takes on Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on June 15.