Former IBF heavyweight champion 'Prince' Charles Martin has continued his war of words with Dillian Whyte.

Last month, Martin called for a showdown with Whyte, who will possibly have his next fight take place in the United States.

One of the frontrunners to face Whyte in his return to the United States is unbeaten contender Jermaine Franklin. The contest would be a big step up in competition for Franklin.

"Jermaine Franklin is in the running," Whyte told Sky Sports. "There are a few other guys in the running as well, so we're just waiting to see what is going on.

"The plan is to have the biggest and the best fights I can wherever they are. I've been chasing the big fights for a long time. I'm willing to fight anyone, but it's been hard getting the challenges I want."

But Whyte rejected the idea of facing Martin - calling the twice-beaten boxer a "useless bum."

On the other hand, Martin believes Whyte is avoiding a tougher test by facing someone like Franklin, who has far less experience and has been inactive since October of 2019.

He feels Whyte is hiding behind his promoter, Eddie Hearn.

"Boy, you talking all that slick mess. You ain't the prize, Fury is the prize. Joshua is the prize. You going to come over here, all the way to America to fight a bum, and not me," Martin told Sky Sports.

"Why don't you let me welcome you here by knocking you out. You know what I'm saying. I'm rated all across the board brother, so who else you going to fight? If you really want to convince people that I'm easy, then why don't you come over here and take this easy money from me then? Because you know you can't do that. Stop hiding behind Eddie Hearn."