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Dillian Whyte expects Deontay Wilder to take WBC’s ‘franchise’ title in order to avoid fight

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Dillian Whyte has been cleared and reinstated by the WBC, but will he get his shot against Deontay Wilder?

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After months of turmoil following a failed drug test, Dillian Whyte has been cleared by UKAD and subsequently reinstated as the WBC’s ‘interim’ champion. That move paved the way for Whyte to get a mandatory title shot against Deontay Wilder — but not until 2021!

And with the way the WBC has been moving lately, on top of Whyte’s suspicion that Wilder just doesn’t want to fight him, he says he expects Wilder to accept the newly created ‘franchise’ title, leaving him unencumbered by mandatory title defenses.

“Now I’m back he will definitely move up to ‘franchise’ world champion,” Whyte said about Wilder.

”I want to fight Deontay Wilder. I’ve wanted to fight him for a long time, I still want to fight him, but he doesn’t want to fight me. It’s clear he doesn’t want to fight me.”

Whyte would continue by saying that he can’t understand how fighters like Dominic Breazeale, Joseph Parker, and Eric Molina have all gotten chances at the WBC world title before he has, before going on to mention all the sanctioning fees he’s paid to the WBC over the years.

“I’ve spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on the WBC,” he said. “I’ve been loyal to them by fighting back-to-back top 10 contenders. I’ve fought more top contenders than their champion!”

In the meanwhile Whyte says he’ll just look to keep busy and get his momentum building again in the coming year.