Dillian Whyte has offered to fight Tony Bellew for free
Dillian Whyte staked his claim as the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight belt on Saturday following his points win over Robert Helenius.
The 29-year-old is now owed a shot at the undefeated American but Tony Bellew was far from complementary about his fellow Brit.
Bellew claimed Whyte was not a top-level fighter and dismissed talk of a heavyweight clash between the pair in the New Year.
However, Whyte has bitten back and branded Bellew a “coward” and offered to box him for free to show him what a true heavyweight is made of.
Tony Bellew is coward, according to Dillian Whyte
"Tony Bellew is a very bitter man and he is a coward," Whyte told talkSPORT.
"I have offered to fight Tony Bellew for free on numerous occasions.
"This is a man that was getting knocked out at super-middleweight and at light-heavyweight. He is not a true heavyweight.
"Tony Bellew is scared to fight me, he is scared to fight Anthony Joshua, he is scared to fight Deontay Wilder.
“I am not scared to fight any of these guys. That is the reason why he feels he needs to bad-mouth me.
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"If he is a real man, let him fight me. I want to fight him and beat up him just to show him he is not a true heavyweight. He will get smashed."
And Whyte insisted he is deadly serious about facing Bellew for free, claiming he wants to make a statement rather than taking home a pay cheque.
"I have said publicly before I will fight him for free and I will stick to that,” he added.
"He can have all the pay-per-view, all the revenue for the gates, everything.
“I just want to make a statement. It is one fight in my career I am willing to make a statement on."