Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte has fired back at the recent statements from former IBF world champion 'Prince' Charles Martin.

A few days ago, Martin promised to demolish Whyte - if the British boxer decided to select him as the opponent for a potential return to the United States.

Whyte and Martin both tasted knockout defeats at the hands of current unified champion Anthony Joshua.

Joshua took down Whyte in seven rounds in 2015 - and then captured the IBF title the following year after stopping Martin in two.

Martin believes the fight with Whyte would be "easy" and a "piece of cake" - but Whyte respectfully disagrees.

"It sounds like Charles Martin is up to his old tricks and is desperate for a payday to keep him going. Nothing he says worries me in the slightest. Ravings of a deluded fool. Actually, I think even the real Prince Charles would knock him out," Whyte told Sky Sports.

"Look, he's an okay fighter, he's better than the one that showed up against Joshua, but he's not a guy where you sit there and think, 'wow, Charles Martin wants to fight me'. He's a useless bum really. Now I'm in a good position and now I've got my title, and now I'm probably the biggest money fight he can get. Listen, this is heavyweight boxing. If he puts himself in a good position and it makes sense, but if I fight him and knock him out in a few rounds, people are going to say, 'Well Joshua knocked him out in two rounds'.

"He's embarrassed himself, so it makes it hard to make a case to fight him, because if you beat him in three rounds or four rounds, people are going to say, 'Well Joshua beat him in two rounds'. Same way if I beat him in a round. 'Well, he never recovered from the beating Joshua gave him'. He's damaged goods just like that other waste of space Dominic Breazeale."

On the other hand, Whyte confirmed a recent report that undefeated contender Jermaine Franklin is in the running to face him next, possibly in the United States.

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