Dillian Whyte believes WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will do whatever he can to avoid a potential fight between the two of them.
Whyte has been pushing to get Wilder in the ring, since winning a WBC eliminator over Dereck Chisora in December 2015. Whyte's promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, made several big offers to Wilder - who showed little interest in heading over to the UK for the contest.
"Wilder might decide to fight Audley Harrison again after this one, instead of me," Whyte said to Sky Sports.
Wilder is back on November 4th, when he defends his WBC title against mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne in a rematch at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The rematch came about after original opponent Luis Ortiz was pulled after failing a pre-fight random drug test.
And Whyte returns one week earlier, when he faces Robert Helenius on the Anthony Joshua-Kubrat Pulev undercard in Cardiff, Wales.
Whyte feels that a win over Helenius should earn him a shot at Wilder's title. Helenius is best known for a controversial victory over Chisora from several years ago. And Whyte is ready to bang away with Helenius if needed.
"I'm ready to rock," Whyte said. "It's a good fight. No-one can deny me a world title fight if I win this fight. No-one can say I'm not ready or I haven't fought anyone.
"No-one can ever say that. I'm ranked highly across the board and I'm fighting a legitimate contender. I've seen him, he's a good fighter, very well-rounded with a good jab and good boxing ability. You can see he's got a very good amateur career. I don't walk out there to have wars, but if it comes down to it, I'll have it. I hope he does stand and trade, because if he does I might trade with him, or use my boxing skills."