Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte is not giving Deontay Wilder any chance to upset Tyson Fury in their upcoming trilogy fight - which is being targeted for the fall.
Fury and Wilder fought to a controversial twelve round split draw in December of 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
And then 14 months later, in February of this year, Fury dropped and stopped Wilder in seven rounds to capture the WBC heavyweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
After suffering his first defeat, Wilder exercised his contractual right for an immediate rematch.
Whyte, who holds the WBC's interim-title, is the mandatory challenger to the winner of the trilogy. The mandatory shot is due by February of 2021.
Wilder has promised to get revenge - Whyte doesn't see that happening.
“What’s he going to change [from the two previous fights]?” Whyte told William Hill. “He’s been doing the same thing for years.
“He’s an aggressive front foot fighter, but he can’t fight on the back foot. He hasn’t even learned to jab. He hasn’t even learned how to throw a hook properly. It’s just the right hand he’s had. Deontay Wilder is going to get beaten up again.”
And if Wilder does lose, Whyte is not going to take delight in that outcome.
“Delight is the wrong word. I don’t take delight in anyone losing,” Whyte said.
If he wins, Fury has said that he would be willing to give Whyte his mandatory shot.
But Whyte is not exactly holding his breath on the matter, because Fury changes his position often.
“All respect, but let’s see if he follows through,” Whyte said. “Because he said that one week and the next, he said something else. Let’s see if he follows through.
“Fury knows where I’m at, he knows me. We’ve known each other for a long time. If he wants it, then…”