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Joshua vs Takam: The Panel discuss whether Dillian Whyte is ready to take on Deontay Wilder

Joshua vs Takam: The Panel discuss whether Dillian Whyte is ready to take on Deontay Wilder

If Dillian Whyte defeats Robert Helenius this Saturday night, the Londoner could be in line to take on WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, but would he win?

Tony Bellew

I am going to give Whyte credit on this. He never gives me any credit and he always slates me, but fair play to him, he has come out and said he wants to face him. If the people around Wilder think he is the best heavyweight in the world, take on Dillian and try do a better job than Joshua did on him?

I would put him on the same level, technically, as Wilder, but he is not on the same level when it comes to power. Wilder has the longest reach in boxing and it is the explosive rawness that would decide it. I think Wilder would knock him out but I would love to see Whyte get a shot.

Paulie Malignaggi

Dillian Whyte has good a chance against anyone. He always comes to fight, he always seems to bring his A-game when he needs it and he is a very tough competitor. He’s also a very mean fighter as well which makes him dangerous in that ring.

I would like to see him and Wilder fight and although I would favour Wilder, just because of that knockout power, he would certainly have a chance. It would be great to see him fight ‘Big Baby’ Miller first and the winner takes on Wilder. Miller is one of the best trash-talkers we’ve got, Whyte isn’t bad and it would not only be a fun build-up but a fun fight as well.

Johnny Nelson

I would love to see Whyte fight Wilder in the UK. That then gives Dillian a chance to win, but also gives British fans a chance to see Wilder and for whoever wins that, it sets up a huge fight with Anthony Joshua.

Dillian is doing what he has to do, training, fighting and winning. He needs fights that step him up, I don’t think his performances have been as good recently because the fights aren’t challenging enough. He stepped up when he fought ‘AJ’ and I think if you put the Wilder challenge in front of him, he will raise his game again.

Dillian Whyte takes on Robert Helenius this Saturday for the WBC silver belt on the undercard of Anthony Joshua against Carlos Takam. Matthew Macklin

Wilder has shown that he isn’t just a big puncher. He beat Bermane Stiverne going 12 rounds and boxed well. He hasn’t only got a big right hand, although his key asset is power.

Dillian has improved a lot since he fought Joshua. When he turned pro he was a tough guy who was raw. He had raw materials – toughness, aggression – but lacked technical ability. He has worked really hard on that part of his game and will only get better.

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I like Dillian’s attitude, forget about heavyweights, there’s not many fighters these days with the attitude that he has – that say ‘I will fight anyone, pay me the money and I will go in and beat them’. It’s rare and great to see.

Whether or not his fights so far are going to prepare him for Wilder, I’m not so sure, but then again Wilder, apart from his power, is not the greatest of boxers. I wouldn’t discount Dillian in the fight, he would be a live underdog, not a favourite. The jump from Helenius to Wilder might just be too much at this moment.

Jamie Moore

Dillian’s performance against ‘AJ’, I said that in time it will look better than it did, and it does, that’s still one of Joshua’s toughest fights to date. Wilder is a big puncher and very dangerous, but Whyte is tough.

If he comes through against Helenius then gets the Wilder fight and beats him, the rematch with ‘AJ’ would be massive. That’s the path he wants and he wants to chase that fight.

Watch Dillian Whyte vs Robert Helenius on the undercard to Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam, from the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, on October 28, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book via your Sky remote or online.


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