Joshua vs Takam: Dillian Whyte says win over Robert Helenius makes him No 1 in WBC rankings
By Tim Hobbs in Cardiff
Last Updated: 29/10/17 11:04am
Dillian Whyte believes his win over Robert Helenius will put him No 1 in line for a shot at WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder.
The Brixton fighter was taken the distance by the former European champion in a tough, gruelling encounter on the undercard of rival Anthony Joshua's 20th straight win.
Bruising Whyte bullies Helenius
Dillian Whyte won a unanimous decision Robert Helenius in Cardiff on Saturday.
Whyte picked up the WBC Silver strap with a dominant 119-109, 119-109, 118-111 score and expects the victory to propel him up to the top of the pile to face Wilder, who defends the coveted green belt against former holder Bermane Stiverne on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.
"I should be the No 1 now, so that was the main thing about tonight," he told Sky Sports.
"I hope Wilder gets through Stiverne, but you never know with him. He is a big, strong guy, he's 38-0 and it's not easy to get there, it's still hard.
"But he is the one I want."
Wilder has already revealed he is happy to take on Whyte in 2018 with one eye on a possible unification fight with Joshua after it.
'The Body Snatcher' though is not only confident he can take the WBC belt away from the American, but will become a better fighter on the back of the Helenius bout.
"It was good, there was something different so I had to change my strategy in the fight but it was a very good learning experience," he said.
"He was a very good defensive fighter so I just had to do what I had to do, to get the win.
"Helenius didn't cause me any problems but for me, it was a fight that I will improve from."