British heavyweight Dillian Whyte (23-1, 17KOs) is disgusted with the WBC after they ordered him to fight Luis Ortiz (28-1, 24KOs) to decide the ‘second mandatory’ after Dominc Breazeale (19-1, 17KOs) became the preferred choice to Wilder’s strap.
The 30-year-old vented his frustrations on social media after hearing the disappointing news:
“This sums up everything that’s wrong with boxing. WBC you confirmed to me and the media that Breazeale v Molina was not a final eliminator now you’re saying it was and mandating Wilder to fight Breazeale before me.” #Bulls***
The Brixton-based fighter has every right to feel aggrieved by the decision after he flattened former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas Browne (25-1, 22KOs) with a brutal left hook in the sixth round last month.
Whyte has done everything right since his knockout defeat against Anthony Joshua back in 2015 and was promised a shot at Wilder if he defeated Browne. The WBC has now gone back on their word which raises suspicion that Breazeale will be Wilder’s next opponent and not Joshua.
Eddie Hearn promotes both Whyte and Joshua and he is due to meet with Shelly Finkle and Al Haymon on Thursday April 26 to discuss a possible undisputed heavyweight bout between AJ and Wilder. Since Matchroom’s offer to team Wilder of $12.5 million was made public knowledge there has not been much noise coming from the Wilder camp.
Suggestions have been circulating that the ‘Bronze Bomber’ has already agreed a deal with fellow American Breazeale and never had any intention of taking a fight with Joshua. Today’s news does make one wonder if this really has been the ploy all along. I suppose will we know more by the end of the week.
The Jamaican-native is scheduled to fight at the O2 Arena on July 21 which will more than likely be an IBF eliminator for Joshua’s title against Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13KOs).
This maybe the only way Whyte can force his hand into a title fight as I’m certain that Joshua will not turn down the chance to fight again. It’s one each after all, with Whyte winning in the amateurs and AJ winning in the pros. The trilogy looks a hell of a lot more likely than Whyte-Wilder or AJ-Wilder.