Dillian Whyte has blasted the WBO after he was controversially denied a mandatory shot at the winner of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.
Despite being ranked as the WBO’s #1 heavyweight contender for some time, the Brit was snubbed in favour of Oleksandr Usyk.
The Ukrainian, who has never fought in the heavyweight division, was the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO cruiserweight champion, which afforded him ‘super champion’ status with the WBO ahead of his move up.
The sanctioning body rules that any ‘super champion’ immediately becomes the mandatory challenger when they move up to a new division, which means Whyte’s long wait for a title shot continues.
And his relationship with the WBO has now reached boiling point.
“If I say what I really feel about these things, I might get removed from the rankings,” he told talkSPORT.
“I start saying stuff and they send me emails and letters saying I can’t say these things and it’s disrespectful. But the fact that they’re disrespecting me constantly doesn’t mean anything.
“Boxing’s full of s***, basically, and we see it time and time again.
“It’s a joke. He pulled out of the [Carlos] Takam fight. These guys are jokers. It is what it is.”
Ruiz Jr is the current WBO champion following his stunning victory over Joshua in New York, and the mandatory is likely to be called after a rematch between the pair, meaning it’ll take place early next year.
The news comes as an unwelcome distraction for Whyte, who is currently preparing for his next bout against Oscar Rivas.
The ‘Body Snatcher’ makes his return to the ring on July 20 and promises not to underestimate his undefeated opponent.
“I’ve got a big fight ahead of me and I just want to focus on that,” he added.
“Rivas is a tough challenger. He’s coming to win and he’s undefeated. He’s never lost before.”