Dillian Whyte is fuming with the WBC for ordering Deontay Wilder to defend his world heavyweight title against Dominic Breazeale – branding the fight ‘a joke’.
The British fighter has been left out in the cold and without an immediate route to a heavyweight world title shot after the WBC’s decision on Wednesday.
Whyte is not the only one confused by the ruling. The governing body had ordered the Brit to face Breazeale for the WBC ‘interim’ heavyweight title and the right to become Wilder’s next mandatory challenger.
Instead, that bout has been scrapped and 33-year-old American Breazeale has been elevated to get an instant shot at the champion.
That is despite Whyte – holder of the WBC Silver and WBO International heavyweight titles – now widely considered among the elite fighters in the divisions, alongside Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Wilder.
Whyte joined talkSPORT on Friday to offer his reaction to the decision, and vented his frustration that it isn’t him fighting Wilder instead.
“It’s a joke fight, it’s all politics,” the 30-year-old said on Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“They’ve had no choice, they’ve been put in this position.
“He shouldn’t be mandatory. I’ve been the number one for two years, I’ve won every single title outside the world title the WBC have to offer.
“I don’t understand, how come he’s fighting Wilder?
“Wilder should have fought me one year ago. We’ve offered him $15m, and he’s going to make $1m or $2m fighting Breazeale. Why? I’m your number one challenger, I’m a bigger name than Breazeale, I bring more to the table and I’m going repay you $15m.
“He just doesn’t want the fight. For some reason there’s something about me he sees that he doesn’t like – whether that the body punches, toughness or what, I don’t know.”