Deontay Wilder’s team remain adamant that their man will fight Tyson Fury next.
Initially, it was suggested that the former WBC champion could step aside to allow Fury to face Anthony Joshua later in the year.
This idea was dismissed by the American’s camp.
Now, promoter Eddie Hearn has pointed out a lack of noise from Wilder personally and proposed mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte take his place if he is not ready.
Hearn told Sky: “We want Dillian Whyte to fight Tyson Fury as soon as possible.
“If Wilder is not available for any reason then Dillian should step in and take that.”
But Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel has once again stood firm in their position.
Finkel simply dismissed the idea by stating toSky: “Deontay will fight Fury this year.”
Whytepreviously slammedWilder for taking up his option of a trilogy bout to begin with.
He toldSky: “It’s ridiculous, considering he lost the first fight. I think Tyson Fury is better than him in every department.
“What’s he going to change now that he hasn’t changed in the past 12-15 years? Nothing, he’s going to change nothing.
“He can’t throw a jab, he can’t box. His balance is terrible, his neck is too weak and he doesn’t hit as hard as everyone says.
“For him, it’s more timing and speed, that allowed him to knock out the guys he did.
“It’s not like he’s such a devastating puncher. You look at his record, he hasn’t really knocked out anyone of note really.”