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Dillian Whyte: Heavyweight boxing is full of cowards

Dillian Whyte doesn’t think Kubrat Pulev actually wants to fight him.

Boxing at the O2 Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Dillian Whyte, who has a purse bid set for Thursday for an IBF eliminator, says he doesn’t believe potential opponent Kubrat Pulev actually wants to fight him.

From Sky Sports:

“Pulev doesn’t want to fight. He gets in these positions to fight mandatories, or gets in these eliminators and doesn’t want to fight. ... He’s just wasting time, it’s a straightforward fight, the winner gets a crack at the big apple. I’m up for the fight, he says he’s up for the fight. He said I’m the perfect opponent for him. Well for some reason, him and [promoter] Kalle (Sauerland) are taking long. I hate heavyweight boxing. It’s full of cowards.”

The IBF title is, of course, held by Anthony Joshua, the only man to defeat Whyte (23-1, 17 KO) back in 2015. Since then, he’s rattled off seven straight wins to put himself in position for a world title shot.

Pulev (25-1, 13 KO) has won five straight since getting knocked out by Wladimir Klitschko in 2014, his only title shot. He most recently fought in April 2017, beating veteran Kevin Johnson by decision.