Dillian Whyte claims rival Deontay Wilder snubbed £8million fight offer as he switches attention to UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou

Dillian Whyte says Deontay Wilder snubbed an £8million offer to fight him in order to face Luis Ortiz as the Brixton-native continues to chase the American.

Although Whyte is adamant he still wants to ‘smash his face in’, the former kickboxer is open to fighting in the UFC as he continues to wait for a world heavyweight title shot in the squared circle.

Whyte has the WBC ‘interim’ belt and will likely be reinstated as mandatory challenger after failing to secure a fight with Wilder previously

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Whyte has the WBC ‘interim’ belt and will likely be reinstated as mandatory challenger after failing to secure a fight with Wilder previously

‘The Bodysnatcher’ has endured a tough few years after securing a No.1 ranked spot with the WBC to challenge Wilder back in 2018.

After infamously being made to wait more than 1,000 days without getting to fight the ‘Bronze Bomber’, Whyte’s decision to face the dangerous Alexander Povetkin in August last year backfired spectacularly after being knocked out cold in the fifth round.

Although he reclaimed his revenge with an equally impressive stoppage last month, the 31-year-old remains somewhat out of the title picture with Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury looking to secure a two-fight deal for their undisputed heavyweight title fight.

With Wilder since being dethroned by ‘The Gypsy King’, the clamour to see him get into the ring with Whyte is growing and the Brit is desperate to finally get his hands on the man from Alabama.

Whyte was desperate to fight Wilder while he was the WBC champion

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Whyte was desperate to fight Wilder while he was the WBC champion

“The fight is there,” he told Fight Night on talkSPORT. “I’ve been calling for it, Wilder hasn’t said anything.

“His team haven’t shown any interest so I can only do what I can do, I’ve been calling for the fight for about three years now.

“Not once has he shown any interest. Obviously, I keep calling him out and keep doing my bit.

“We offered £8million when he got £1million to fight Luis Ortiz and he took that fight! He said I need to beat this fighter and another, whatever…

“These guys just talk c*** man, all I can do is the best I can do.”

‘The Bodysnatcher’ dismantled Povetkin in their rematch in Gibraltar

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‘The Bodysnatcher’ dismantled Povetkin in their rematch in Gibraltar

“I’m always willing to fight man, now I just need meaningful fights,” he added. “There needs to be something in it for me.

“I’m up for fighting Wilder, but when I was Wilder’s mandatory for 1,000 plus days he kept me waiting.

“Of course I want to fight him; of course I want to smash his face in. But it needs to have something in it for me.”

Regardless of your opinion of Whyte, there can be no denying how game he is to fight and his willingness to put it on the line every time he steps in the ring.

Whyte has faced some of the most dangerous challengers in the heavyweight division, like Joshua, Rivas, Povetkin and now wants Wilder

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Whyte has faced some of the most dangerous challengers in the heavyweight division, like Joshua, Rivas, Povetkin and now wants Wilder

Fighting the likes of Oscar Rivas in 2019 or Povektin the following summer highlights a real desire to test himself and prove to the world he belongs amongst the elite.

There could be no doubting his fighting abilities if he were to make the switch into MMA as he has previously teased, with a fight against Francis Ngannou touted heavily before the first Povektin fight was announced.

Like Whyte, ‘The Predator’ was in a state of limbo in the UFC with the heavyweight title picture firmly focusing on just Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic, something Ngannou rectified when he obliterated Miocic in just two rounds at UFC 260.

When asked about a potential switch into the Octagon, Whyte was typically keen to scrap and give fans exactly what they want.

Ngannou is the new UFC heavyweight champion

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Ngannou is the new UFC heavyweight champion

“Imagine me going and winning the UFC heavyweight championship,” he added.

“I’d be the first boxer to ever do that and, with the stage of my career that I am, I can do that.

“As the interim heavyweight champion, going and winning the UFC undisputed heavyweight championship, I am definitely up for that.”

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