MATCHROOM promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed Dillian Whyte is ready to step in and face Deontay Wilder after Tyson Fury pulled out of their trilogy fight.
The Gypsy King was gearing up to defend his WBC belt against the Bronze Bomber on July 24 only to test positive for coronavirus.
An outbreak in the unbeaten Mancunian's training camp emerged on Thursday night, with Joseph Parker, Isaac Lowe and Andy Lee all contracting Covid-19.
Fury's bout against Wilder is now likely to be pushed back until October, which will ultimately delay a possible undisputed dust-up against rival Anthony Joshua.
Reacting to the news, Hearn has declared that Whyte would be willing to save the Las Vegas card later this month to battle the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist.
The Body Snatcher has been chasing a bout to face Wilder for years, though his attempts to compete against the Alabama native proved unsuccessful.
Taking to Twitter, Hearn said: "Spoke to Dillian Whyte – he is due to fight end of August but ready to jump in July 24 v Wilder."
Wilder hasn't fought since suffering the first defeat of his professional career at the hands of Fury in February 2020 where he was stopped in the seventh round.
Meanwhile Whyte was last out in March where he exacted revenge on Alexander Povetkin by knocking him out in the fourth round.
The former British heavyweight champion was recently described as 'nothing but s*** to my toilet paper' by Wilder last month.
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To which Whyte reacted by branding the former world champ as a fraud, as he said: "Deontay Wilder is confused. He's a very confused, deluded boy.
"He will never fight me, he's a coward. He'll make excuses. 'Oh, keep fighting, this, that and whatever.'
"He should say, 'I'll knock out Dillian Whyte,' that's what he should be saying. I wouldn't be saying, 'Oh keep fighting mate.' He's just a first-class w******.""
Before adding: "He's a confused person. He should just accept reality – he's a pathetic, fragile, fraud clown.
"He ran and hid from me for over three years and has no right to mention my name.
"It's a shame to see the last American heavyweight champion behaving in this fashion, it's disgraceful."
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