Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that Deontay Wilder has turned down over $3m to fight Dillian Whyte.
Whyte is still on the lookout for his next bout to be fully confirmed, and it is a source of frustration for his promoter, Londoner Hearn.
Wilder, the 31-year-old, had been lined up by the boxing promoter to fight Whyte, but even the lure of a financial incentive payout of over $3m could not convince the boxer to agree to a title bout, much to Hearn's frustration.
Speaking to Boxing News, Hearn said: “People don’t want to fight Dillian Whyte. He’s a handful. He’s a real handful. He’s got a great chin, he don’t stop throwing punching, he’s strong. It’s frustrating.
“He just keeps coming back at you.”
Hearn's initial hope was for his Whyte to challenge Wilder for the WBC heavyweight division belt, which Wilder currently holds.
And Hearn can't understand how the fight is not a prospect from Wilder's camp, given the financial stakes involved in the negotiating.
Hearn continued to the publication: “They don’t seem to want the fight. It’s frustrating trying to get Dillian Whyte an opponent. Every fighter that we’re asking for money we are giving it to them and they’re still coming back and not accepting the fight.
"We’ve offered Wilder three million dollars and US TV. It’s probably four million dollars. And he’s making one and a half."
Whyte was lined up to fight on the undercard of Anthony Joshua-Kubrat Pulev in Cardiff later this month, with the boxer remaining in limbo until a suitable opponent can be found in time ahead of the scheduled event at the Welsh capital's Principality Stadium on Saturday, October 28.
Speaking of the plans, the promoter continued: “We’re desperate for an opponent for the 28th, we want him on that card."