Last week, promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, claimed WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO’s) turned down an offer of $3 million to make a voluntary defense against Dillian Whyte (21-1, 16 KO’s).
The 31-year-old Wilder returns to the ring on Nov. 4 when he defends his title in a rematch against mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO’s) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He was slated to fight Luis Ortiz, but the Cuban failed another drug test, and the former Interim heavyweight champion was removed from the card.
“I know what they’re trying to do. I want the man that knocked him out [Anthony Joshua], what’s wrong with that?” Wilder said to Tha Boxing Voice. “I understand what Eddie Hearn is trying to do, although I know he’s trying to hold out as long as he can. Dillian Whyte barely got passed [Dereck] Chisora. Give Chisora another chance.
“He’s going to be just like every other opponent that I had that they call [a] bum. They called Stiverne the test for me before he fought me. Why every time I fight somebody they become bums?”
Joshua (19-0, 19 KO's), 28 of the United Kingdom, will defend his IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight world titles against Carlos Takam on Oct. 28 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff. He was originally set to fight Kubrat Pulev, but he withdrew due to a shoulder injury.
Ortiz's failed drug test marked the third time in the past 18 months that one of Wilder’s opponents had to be removed from a card. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Wilder also missed out on an opportunity to fight Alexander Povetkin when the Russian tested positive for meldonium nine days before a May 2016 mandatory title defense. The fight was ultimately canceled, and Wilder went on to stop Johann Duhaupas. Then, in February, Wilder’s slated title defense against Andrzej Wawrzyk was also slashed after the Pole failed a VADA test. He was replaced by Gerald Washington, who was knocked out in the fifth round by the American.