Dillian Whyte to use American debut to set up fight with WBC world champion Deontay Wilder
Last Updated: 17/08/17 10:28am
Dillian Whyte is looking to use his American debut to close in on a showdown with world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
The 'Body Snatcher' takes on experienced Malcolm Tann in Lincoln, Nebraska, on the undercard of Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo in the early hours of Sunday morning, live on Sky Sports.
Whyte has not boxed across the pond before and while he believes London is now the biggest boxing stage, the 29-year-old wants to send out a message to WBC holder Wilder.
"It's good to make some noise Stateside because we are trying to make some noise to get the Deontay Wilder fight," he told Sky Sports.
"It's good to come here, put on a show, hopefully get the KO and go home.
"I am at a level now where I am just one or two fights away from big mega-fights, so we have to think about what we're doing.
"I was having a conversation with Eddie (Hearn) and Frank (Smith) the other day, saying what we can do and what kind of fights can we get in the meantime because ultimately we are waiting for the big world title fight - either Joseph Parker or Deontay Wilder."
Whyte also laughed off Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller's recent comments, labelling him "deluded" after the New Yorker recently called him out to take him on in Brooklyn.
The Londoner admits that a rematch with Anthony Joshua is still his ultimate goal but sees America and Wilder as the perfect route to set up an all-British battle next year.
"I've been calling out these guys for ages - Wilder, Ortiz, Miller, Joseph Parker - and I'll fight any of these but these kids are deluded - Miller thinks he is too big to come to London, but the money is in London," he said.
"I'd definitely want a rematch with Joshua but the one thing in boxing I have learnt is it's all about timing. Timing is key,
'I want Whyte's soul'
Anthony Joshua's verdict on his heavyweight rivals, including the 'Body Snatcher'.
"I definitely want to fight Deontay Wilder and I am ready for those fights but the problem with the Joshua fight is it's there, it's a big-fight but it doesn't make business sense now.
"If I become world champion we can do it massively and it becomes a big fight for me, for him and for the fans."
Watch Whyte vs Tann on the Crawford vs Indongo undercard from Lincoln, Nebraska, live from 2am, Sunday, August 20, on Sky Sports Arena.