Dillian Whyte has blamed bitter rival Dereck Chisora for ruining their chances of a potential rematch after controversially losing to Agit Kabayel last time out in Monaco.
The North Londoner from Finchley lost via a split decision as he challenged unbeaten German Kabayel for the European heavyweight at the start of the month.
Whyte, who edged out Chisora in a back and fourth fight of the year candidate a year ago, was left disappointed by the fellow Londoner’s “uninterested” performance and admits that a rematch is now unlikely.
The 29-year-old from Brixton nicknamed “The Body Snatcher” has been quoted as saying “He seemed unmotivated, he couldn’t be bothered, Dereck is a strange character, and that shows in his performances. Sometimes he shows up, and other times he doesn’t care.
“He’s unpredictable. Even he doesn’t know what will happen when he wakes up in the morning. You can never bank on someone like that. He might wake up and decide to never box again, or decide to try and become world champion.
“He’s blown it big time. There was lots of money on the line in a big event but he’s blown it. I’m very disappointed. He’s just not ambitious enough anymore.
“We tried to make the rematch back in June but it didn’t happen. [Next February] I was expecting to fight Deontay Wilder and, if that fell through, Chisora was the back-up, but now it’s unlikely.”
The South Londoner is still hopeful of landing a fight with WBC champion Wilder next as holding the number 1 challenger status, but that matchup could also be in doubt after promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that talks have begun for a unification showdown between Wilder and Anthony Joshua for 2018.
Whyte went on to say “We will keep chasing Wilder and we will look at other options if he doesn’t want it. But I think Wilder will take the fight because we’re talking about mega money for him. We’ll see,”
“I am the number one at the minute, but I’m not mandatory yet, I may have to fight another eliminator.
“Wilder’s got power but he can’t box. He’s not heavy or weighty enough – you can bully him, throw him around, rough him up. Any time a punch touches his whiskers he wobbles.
“I don’t think he’s 6’7”, he’s lying about that. Fifteen stone is quite light for a heavyweight. When the fight goes longer against big, strong guys then you need weight. Fighting against someone that will push you around, letting punches go, it wears you down.
“I can also box. I have long limbs. I can box him on the outside. Washington, Szpilka and Molina out-boxed him early. I might box him then mid-fight break into a war, or in reverse, I might stand up to him early then box him.”