Dillian Whyte has revealed that he agreed to fight Daniel Dubois in a ravishing domestic showdown, but the fight backfired when his opponent asked for more money at the last minute.
Whyte was last seen in the ring when he was beaten by Tyson Fury at Wembley in April, but he plans to make his comeback before the end of the year.
A showdown with Dubois appeared to be on the line, and Whyte has claimed the fight was close to being made, but a belated dispute over money led to the pair going their separate ways. He also denied any suggestion that he had decided to avoid the fight when it came to signing the contract.
Dillian Whyte has claimed he agreed to fight domestic rival Daniel Dubois in November
However, Whyte says the fight backfired after Dubois’s team wanted more money
“I agreed with Daniel Dubois and that was a foregone conclusion and then they started fishing at the end,” Dubois said. Sports post.
“But a lot of people talk a lot of nonsense about these guys, ‘Oh, I’m avoiding this guy,’ but a lot of these guys are cowards and they just talk nonsense.”
Dubois triumphed in his final fight when he stopped Trevor Bryan within four rounds to win the WBA (Regular) heavyweight title in June.
However, he was subsequently involved in a legal dispute with promoter Don King, alleging he was not being paid for the fight.
Dubois eventually received £400,000 after filing a lawsuit against King, but Whyte thinks this played a part in his compatriot’s hesitation to fight him.
Whyte has also said Tyson Fury’s potential fight with Anthony Joshua was being watched in the week following his proposed clash with Dubois, causing trouble for BT Sport
Whyte has also pointed out that the fight with Dubois was proposed for November 26, just a week before the date when a clash between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury was previously looked at, and this caused problems for BT Sport.
“I could also get it from Dubois’ point because he didn’t get paid for his last fight,” Whyte continued.
“What actually killed him was that BT couldn’t do two PPVs in a week. They thought they had Joshua-Fury on December 3rd, and then it fell.’
“I’ve always wanted to fight the best. Too bad it didn’t happen, but it could happen in the future.”
With the Dubois fight no longer happening, Whyte is now slated to fight Jermaine Franklin
Dubois has since announced that he will be meeting Kevin Leera on the undercard of Fury’s trilogy fight with Derek Chisora on December 3, and Whyte has lined up his next opponent as well.
He takes on undefeated American Jermaine Franklin at Wembley Arena next month, and Whyte believes this is the ‘perfect’ fight for him as he prepares to get back into action.
“He’s a good fighter, it’s the perfect fight I need,” Whyte said.
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