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Dillian Whyte: Deontay Wilder didn’t want to fight me

Whyte returns to action this Saturday against Mariusz Wach.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Dillian Whyte (26-1, 18 KOs) will be fighting this weekend in Saudi Arabia against Mariusz Wach (35-5, 19 KOs), but does so amidst the backdrop of a failed drug test leading into his last fight against Oscar Rivas.

Now Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn says that Whyte was cleared by the British Boxing Board of Control after a hearing and that Whyte isn’t suspended, but there’s never been any formal resolution announced by UKAD or the WBC, who appear to still be adjudicating the issue. Whyte held the WBC’s mandatory challenger position for Deontay Wilder’s belt, but that’s been put on hold for the meanwhile.

So instead of the title shot he’s been looking for, Whyte admits he’ll be facing Wach in what he feels is sort of a frustrating position for him.

“If I put on a rubbish performance I might get the fights that I’ve been chasing!” Whyte told Sky Sports ahead of his showdown with former world title challenger Wach.

“If they don’t want to give me a title shot, then so what?

”I’m one of the biggest draws in heavyweight boxing. I could have paid Wilder more money to fight me than he made in his last three fights. But he didn’t want it. Maybe it’s his alter-ego that has been talking.”

Whyte says he’ll enter this weekend’s fight well prepared, promising a good show, but will whatever happens it appears there will still be lingering questions surrounding the British fighter.

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