Deontay Wilder sets sights on heavyweight king Anthony Joshua – and rejects talk of WBC title defence against Brixton’s Dillian Whyte

WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has dismissed the notion of a February title defence against Brixton’s Dillian Whyte at Greenwich’s 02 Arena.

The unbeaten American took less than three minutes to knockout Bermane Stiverne in New York on Saturday night.

Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants Wilder to put his belt on the line against Whyte, who holds the WBC’s silver belt after a recent unanimous points verdict over Robert Helenius, with the winner then meeting Joshua, who is also under the Matchroom Sport promotional umbrella.

Dillian Whyte and Robert Helenius during the vacant WBC Silver Heavyweight Title bout at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. 

But Wilder said: “They are trying to give me a peasant in Whyte. A king doesn’t chase the peasants. A king takes kings. I want Joshua. If he doesn’t give me the fight we have other plans.

“The world wants Joshua, the world wants Wilder. I want Joshua. Joshua, come and see me baby. No more dodging, no more excuses. Make the date, don’t wait. Let’s see who is the best.”

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