By Kenny Leavett – Heavyweight Dillian Whyte has made a statement openly saying he would happily take on Tony Bellew “any day of the week”, but has doubts whether the Merseysider is willing to fight a “genuine heavyweight”.
The ‘Body Snatcher’ who takes on Joseph Parker this weekend at The O2, can almost guarantee another huge fight should he come out victorious on Saturday night.
A rematch with old foe Anthony Joshua is top of Whyte’s wishlist, although he does not expect to be offered a domestic clash with Bellew, who has recently been linked with a fight against newly crowned Unified cruiserweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk.
Speaking on matters, Whyte has been quoted as saying “I’ll happily fight Tony Bellew any day of the week as anyone knows, if he wants to step in and fight a genuine heavyweight, which we know he doesn’t,”
“Bellew is trying to live his life. He’s had a hard career, beating David Haye who was a cruiserweight as well.
“I’m just annoyed at the fact that’s he’s trying to campaign as a heavyweight, but there are certain heavyweights he doesn’t want to fight.”
Whyte had also handed out a challenge to Alexander Povetkin, just minutes after the Russian dispatched of David Price in a brutal knockout back in March.
But the 30-year-old from Brixton was frustrated in his pursuit of Povetkin, who was last week named as the man to face Joshua at Wembley Stadium on September 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Whyte went onto say “Alexander Povetkin is a great competitor in the heavyweight division, but he’s also a coward,”
“He came over and knocked out my countryman David Price. I offered him out there and then, he agreed to fight me, him and his team. Two weeks later, they pull out of the fight.
“All I wanted to do was set the record straight. I thought David Price was very close to beating him, and I just wanted to go out there and knock him out for the British fans, and knock him out for David Price.”
Watch Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker with Katie Taylor, Dereck Chisora, Joshua Buatsi, Conor Benn and more the undercard, live on Sky Sports Box Office, from The O2, Saturday, July 28.