THE stakes are high for Dillian Whyte when he boxes Lucas Browne on March 24 at the O2 in London. Victory would put the Brixton man on course for the winner of the Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz WBC heavyweight title fight.
Whyte said, “It’s whether Deontay Wilder wants it or not. We’ve offered him a lot of money before and he’s just completely ignored the fight. He’s trying to chase [Anthony] Joshua because he doesn’t want to take any chances unless it’s for megabucks. We’ll see: the main thing is, win this fight and I’ve got so much options. We’ll go after a world title, rematches, or we’ll just keep fighting. Everything depends on winning the Browne fight.”
Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn said, “I had a meeting with Stephen Espinoza [head of Showtime] last week, talking about AJ, and the landscape, and there is real appetite for Wilder to fight the winner of that fight [Whyte-Browne], if they don’t make the AJ fight next. I can see the AJ fight happening towards the end of the year; I would love to get that fight in the interim, perhaps June or July, and the general consensus is Wilder’s run out of opponents. He’s also costing the network a lot of money, so if we can relieve some of that pressure and put him in with the right guy, I would love to make that fight. They’re going to make him [Whyte] mandatory sooner or later: he’s number one with the WBC.”