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Dillian Whyte outlines three-fight plan to realise world title dream

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Dillian Whyte has seen it all in boxing over the last two years.

The Brixton heavyweight had Anthony Joshua rocking when they met at the O2 Arena in 2015, though AJ went on to deliver a typically brutal knock-out in the seventh round in their grudge-match.

He has won five fights since that night, including a bruising 12-round bout with Dereck Chisora in which he pipped a split decision, and stopped Malcolm Tann in his last fight in America.

He returns to fight in the United Kingdom this weekend on the undercard of Joshua v Takam at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff against Robert Helenius.

If he gets past 'The Nordic Nightmare', who has only one career defeat to date he will move a step closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming heavyweight champion of the world.

The bout with Helenius is for the vacant WBC Silver Heavyweight title, which the Swede lost when he was knocked out by Johann Duhaupas.

Naturally, Whyte has his sights set on greater things, which he revealed in an interview with Sky Sports.

'The Body Snatcher' is still targeting a title shot against the undefeated WBC champion Deontay Wilder, though he first has a rematch against Bermane Stiverne in December.

While that is his immediate aim, he is hoping that a rematch with unified champion Joshua will be possible, but he knows he first has to get past Helenius this weekend.

"I'm very close to a world title shot," Whyte said. "We've been unlucky securing those fights but now we're here with Helenius.

"I've chased Wilder, but he is a disgrace. I want to get into a position to fight for his belt because he is not going to do it voluntarily.

"They will say 'AJ' is number one. He has multiple belts and he's the only one who is fighting the names. Wilder is a chump, he's not fought a mandatory in two years and Joseph Parker is defending his title on YouTube so that shows his level. That says it all.

"Joshua is the man at the minute. I want the rematch with him. I'd like to fight Wilder or maybe Parker first, they are the two weakest world champions.

"I'd beat one of those which would then set up a massive rematch with Joshua over here at Wembley or Cardiff or even another country - I'd even fight him in Nigeria!"

Helenius will be no walk over for Whyte on Saturday, though, with the Swede carrying a height advantage of two-and-a-half inches.

The 29-year-old has vowed to go to any means possible make sure of victory in the Welsh capital, and that the fight may not be pretty for the spectators.

"With all of the world champions out there being tall we've been chasing tall opponents," he added.

"I don't think Helenius likes the heat which will play against him because I'm coming to cook something on Saturday.

"He was supposed to be the next Wladimir Klitschko, they were really pushing him at one stage. He's had a couple of slip-ups along the way but he's very experienced compared to me.

"I've got a saying though: 'It's better getting an ugly win than a pretty loss', so I'll do whatever I have to do when I get out there."

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