Dillian Whyte has told talkSPORT he doesn’t need to fight Deontay Wilder now that the American has lost his WBC heavyweight title.
The Briton has called for a title against the American for several years and became his proxy in 2019.
However, Wilder then lost his belt to Tyson Fury and Whyte lost compulsory status after being beaten by Alexander Povetkin.
Wilder still doesn’t have a return fight planned, although rumors have it that he’s planning a fight with Charles Martin.
Meanwhile, Whyte is expected to face Povetkin and attempt to regain his position on March 27.
When asked if he hopes a win over Povetkin might set him up to face Wilder, Whyte insisted on talkSPORT Fight Night: “I could fight Deontay Wilder now, whatever.
“I don’t need to beat Povetkin to fight Deontay Wilder.
“The only thing Deontay Wilder had was the world heavyweight championship.
“It wasn’t a big draw, he wasn’t a big ticket seller. He didn’t even sell arenas in America and he’s American.
“So he wasn’t a big draw, he just had the belt and he lost the belt, so he’s got nothing now.”
If Whyte takes revenge on Povetkin, he will call for shooting Fury, although the ‘Gypsy King’ looks set for two fights with Anthony Joshua this year.
Whyte concluded, “I really want Deontay Wilder’s fight, but right now I’m obviously focusing on Povetkin.
“Povetkin is a serious guy, a very serious operator.
“Once I beat Povetkin, let’s see what happens… I want to fight for the world title.”