Ruiz Jr vs Joshua 2: Dillian Whyte claims Deontay Wilder would rather earn less than share a ring with him
Ring walks at 8.45pm on Saturday for Ruiz Jr vs Joshua 2, live on Sky Sports Box Office
By Peter Gilbert
Last Updated: 05/12/19 9:29pm
Dillian Whyte claims Deontay Wilder has avoided fighting him and is content to earn less money rather than share a ring with him.
Whyte returns to the ring against Mariusz Wach on the undercard to the eagerly-awaited rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia, live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday with ring-walks from 8.30pm.
The London heavyweight is the WBC 'interim' champion after a points win over Oscar Rivas in July, but has been frustrated in his pursuit of WBC champion Wilder, who is expected to face Tyson Fury in a rematch in February.
Whyte will instead turn his attention to a must-win fight against Poland's Wach, a former world title challenger.
"If I put on a rubbish performance I might get the fights that I've been chasing!" Whyte told Sky Sports ahead of his showdown with former world title challenger Wach.
"Frustration, stressful. But what can you do? I've been depressed over this stuff.
"If they don't want to give me a title shot, then so what?
"I'm one of the biggest draws in heavyweight boxing. I could have paid Wilder more money to fight me than he made in his last three fights. But he didn't want it. Maybe it's his alter-ego that has been talking."
Wach (35-5, KOs 19), who was outpointed by Wladimir Klitschko when he challenged the Ukrainian for the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles in 2012, will be having his fourth fight this year.
"I will go to the ring well-prepared, to show my heart. It will be a great fight."
Fight week so far
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