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Deontay Wilder receives offer to fight after Luis Ortiz failed drug test

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Dillian Whyte has put himself firmly forward to fight Deontay Wilder in November now that Luis Ortiz has been stripped of the opportunity.

Whyte, originally from Jamaica but now fights out of the United Kingdom, has been particularly vocal regarding the absence of a challenger for American Wilder in his defence of the WBC heavyweight title.

Luis Ortiz was due to take on the undefeated Wilder at New York's Barclays Centre on November 4 this year before testing positive for banned substances in a test administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association.

However, the 38-year-old Cuban Ortiz, known within the sport as "The Real King Kong", has been told he will not get the chance of taking on the Bronze Bomber for the WBC belt, and the search for a new opponent for the Alabama fighter is underway.

Dillian Whyte does not have a reputation for keeping himself quiet, and it seems he strongly believes that he should finally be given a shot at the big time.

Speaking of his frustration with the supposed top fighters in the division allegedly dodging him as an opponent, Whyte was quoted as saying: "Charles Martin, Lucas Browne, Jarrell Miller, we've offered everyone in the top 15 (heavyweights) to fight me and no one really has taken it."

The Body Snatcher also seemed to try and get under the skin of Wilder by labelling him a "coward," as well as following that branding with: "He doesn't want to fight nobody who is young, who is going to come there to win the fight."

Also adding that Wilder's "skinny" build and 6'7" height would be his downfall against such a hard hitter as himself, Whyte may have overlooked the significant reach advantage that The Bronze Bomber would bring to the fight, considering Whyte is inferior in that department by a significant 13 centimetres.

Whyte's only professional loss was against the multi-world title holding Anthony Joshua, and has a record of 16 knockouts in 21 winning fights. Whilst this is dwarved by Wilder's 37 knockouts in 38 fights, Whyte seems fairly confident about bringing back the win to the UK.

If Whyte were to be thrown into the fight, he wouldn't have nearly as much preparation time as he would have had in previous bouts. However, that doesn't seem to phase the UK fighter in the slightest, as he pointed out himself: "l've been training and I'm always ready to go.

"I believe it's a very winnable fight and it's one which I would take if we can reach terms and the terms is right, then yeah."

Whatever the outcome of this decision, it's clear to say that it'll be a long time before we've heard the last of Dillian Whyte.

Does Whyte deserve this shot at the title? Have YOUR say in the comments.

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