WBC Cruiserweight Champion, Tony Bellew, and fellow Matchroom stablemate, Dillian Whyte, have been embroiled in a bitter war of words since Bellew defeated David Haye at the O2, in London on March 4th.
An Achilles injury Haye suffered in the sixth round marred Bellew’s victory – swinging the direction of the contest, which ended in an eleventh round stoppage.
Whyte, unimpressed with Bellew’s performance, used Twitter to launch a verbal attack on the WBC champion.
— Dillian Whyte (@DillianWhyte) March 5, 2017
In an interview with Sky Sports, Bellew responded by insinuating that Whyte was not a worthy opponent.
“I’m not even going to give him the time of day,” said Bellew. What he said is I’m going to get ‘absolutely smoked’ by David Haye. He was wrong and why am I going to fight someone in a final world title eliminator, who got knocked out in a British title fight? Why would I fight him when I have got every world champion calling my name? It makes no sense whatsoever.”
Not one to shy away from verbal sparring, Whyte responded, claiming that he is the biggest fight Bellew can make at Heavyweight right now.
“I’m one of the highest ranked heavyweights across the board, outside the Champions,” Whyte told Sky Sports. “Tony Bellew says ‘I wouldn’t fight you because you picked David Haye to knock me out in six rounds.’ I’m like dude, even your sponsor on your shorts picked David Haye to knock you out. That’s why you were 16-1 or something silly like that. Stop talking rubbish and let’s fight.
“I would knock Tony Bellew out in the first six rounds.”
“If you want to prove yourself as a true heavyweight then fight me. Me versus Bellew will make more money than any other fight he can get at the minute. Trust me, that’s a fact. I’m a bigger name here than Joseph Parker or Deontay Wilder.”
“Bellew struggled to knock out a one-legged man. He didn’t even knock him out properly. If he is struggling to knock out a one-legged man, how is he going to knock out a true heavyweight who always shows up to fight? It’s impossible. He’s a fake heavyweight, and he should go back to cruiserweight. If he wants to stay at heavyweight, he needs to prove to me and the world that he’s a natural heavyweight. I would knock Tony Bellew out in the first six rounds.”
However, with Whyte likely to fight in May and Tony Bellew potentially out of action for up to five months, a fight between the pair, if it can be made, would likely take place toward the end of 2017.