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Dillian Whyte on Deontay Wilder: He's not a draw, he's got nothing

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Dillian Whyte was not particularly positive on a recent media appearance when the subject of heavyweight divisional rival Deontay Wilder came up.

Whyte rematches Alexander Povetkin on March 27 in Gilbraltar, hoping that the repeatedly-delayed return clash will be his chance to avenge the shock one-punch loss he suffered in August to the Russian.

If he does indeed reclaim the interim WBC title from Povetkin, reports have linked him with a potential fight against former full WBC titleholder Wilder, who held the belt for five years before losing it to Tyson Fury last February.

The heavyweight contenders may well need some decent fights later this year in order to put themselves first in line for the winner between Fury and Anthony Joshua, who are expected to fight in two huge unification bouts this year.

Whyte, however, does not see a lot of value in Wilder anymore.

“I could fight Deontay Wilder now, regardless," Whyte told Talksport. "I don’t need to beat Povetkin to fight Deontay Wilder.

“The only thing Deontay Wilder held was the heavyweight championship of the world. He wasn’t a big draw, he wasn’t a big ticket-seller. He wasn’t even selling out arenas in America and he’s American.

“So he wasn’t a big draw, he just had the belt and he’s lost the belt, so he’s got nothing now.”

Whyte went on to confirm that he was indeed interested in attempting to become the second man to defeat the American, but of course in the middle of his Povetkin training camp, his full focus remains on Gibraltar.

“I definitely want the Deontay Wilder fight," continued Whyte, "but right now I’m focused on Povetkin obviously.

“Povetkin’s a serious guy, very serious operator. Once I beat Povetkin, let’s see what happens… I want to fight for the world title.”

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