The American demolished his mandatory challenger in one round but Whyte isn’t entirely convinced
Dillian Whyte has refrained from giving Deontay Wilder any credit for his first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale.
The Brixton man has been pursuing the WBC heavyweight champion for a couple of years now and feels aggrieved at being overlooked for the mandatory position by the WBC.
Breazeale became the latest victim of Wilder’s explosive power on Saturday night and the Bronze Bomber has since received plenty of plaudits for the manner in which he disposed of his challenger.
However, Whyte took a different stance in his exclusive talkSPORT.com column.
“Plenty of people seemed to be raving about Wilder’s knockout victory over Dominic Breazeale at the weekend,” the ‘Body Snatcher’ began.
“But Breazeale is exactly the kind of guy you fight when you are trying to look good. How the hell can he be number four in the WBC rankings and the mandatory challenger?
“What has he achieved in his career? He’s far from the top level.
“He’s a nobody who only had three fights against other nobodies in the last three years and it’s a disgrace that he was mandatory.
“Neither him nor Bermane Stiverne earned their status but were cherry-picked by Wilder as the only two mandatories he’s fought in four-and-a-half years.
“He’s meant to have at least one every year.
“Stiverne was 40 years old and completely out of shape having only had one fight in three years, against a journeyman, since losing the title to Wilder. What a joke!
“Wilder has been lucky. The WBC have been looking after him because he is their champion. He has a high KO record in his professional career but he has fought a lot of cabbages.”
Whyte will return against Oscar Rivas on July 20 at the O2 Arena in London, while there are rumours Wilder’s next defence will come in an autumn rematch with Luis Ortiz.