Boxing news: Dillian Whyte already eyeing Tyson Fury fight

Dillian Whyte is quickly shovelling down a big lunch after his first training session of the day - he still has two left.
Tucking into a large plate of roast chicken, steamed potatoes and vegetables, smattered with a healthy helping of gravy, Whyte has only one focus.
Preparations are well under way for his bout this weekend against Colombian Oscar Rivas - an unbeaten heavyweight who defeated Anthony Joshua
's conqueror Andy Ruiz Jr at amateur level.
Sitting down in a modest hotel in the quiet Loughborough village of Long Whatton, Whyte is happy with how his training has gone.
'I'm great, training is going good,' he says. 'I'm getting into shape, losing weight, getting some of my timing back. I sparred yesterday for the first time, I feel good.'
Back in March, a plethora of high-profile names were banded around as a potential opponent, including Joshua, Alexander Povetkin and Manuel Charr. Why he settled for Rivas and not a more high-profile name is obvious to Whyte.
'He's the only one not to have been beaten by the top four,' he said. 
'He's young, he's fresh, he's hungry, never been knocked out before, beaten a lot of top guys as an amateur and he's got a lot of swagger about him. I want to give the fans good fights.'
Despite focusing on his Saturday night showdown with Rivas, Whyte has other fighters on his radar.
The Brixton heavyweight has recently been involved in a back-and-forth with Tyson Fury over a potential future fight.
The self-proclaimed 'Gypsy King' initially called out Whyte on Twitter, suggesting the pair should fight for a WBC diamond belt, if the organisation would be willing to sanction it. Since then, both fighters have fired back at each other.
Whyte makes it clear that he would be interested in a fight with Fury. 'Whenever he wants it, he can have it, I don't care,' he says.
'Me and him is a massive fight in the UK. I've been trying to fight Tyson Fury for a long time, I don't hide from no one. I'm not scared of him. My daughter hits harder than him.'
After a nine-fight unbeaten run and over 500 days ranked No 1 in the WBC rankings, Whyte can be forgiven for wondering what he must do to get the coveted world title shot.
From fighting in small shows at the York Hall to becoming a regular main event pay-per-view (PPV) fighter, Whyte has come a long way. With a limited amateur record and little public exposure early on, Whyte was fighting to earn a living, not to be a PPV star.
However, his most recent professional bouts tell a different story.
Opponents who make up his last five victories include former WBO champion Joseph Parker and former WBA champion Lucas Browne.
'It feels good (being a main event PPV fighter) but it does come with the stresses,' he explains.
'There's pros and cons because you've got to perform. You've got to build fights and draw the crowds out. It's an achievement, but it's far from where I want to be. I'd be lying if I said to you "oh yeah, I was always dreaming for this". I was fighting on small hall shows, picking up a few wins, enjoying fighting and knocking people out.
'It kept me out of trouble, gave me a living and that was it. I never pictured it. I had no set-up around me like GB (Great Britain), I never had all that.'
Whyte pinpoints his loss to Joshua as the turning point for his career, saying: 'I've always known that I was good enough but that fight (against Joshua) showed me that if I do the things right, train right, live right, I can beat these guys. That fight was the turning point.
'I'm still relatively inexperienced. I am crash coursing my learning. It's risky but I'm just learning. I only had seven amateur fights.'
In recent months, much has been made in the heavyweight division about the best fighters supposedly 'ducking' each other.
Although the top three heavyweights are signed to different TV networks, Whyte believes the trio are avoiding each other, rather than the networks being an issue.
'I don't think it's the networks, it's the fighters. If the fighters want to fight, the fights will happen,' he says. 'You've seen two fighters from two different networks fight before.
'I'm not a coward, I'll fight anyone. There's three things that can happen - I'm going to win, you're going to win or a draw. That's it. All these other guys want to protect themselves and use TV stations and promotional companies to hide from each other.
'I'm a free agent so I can accept the big fights when they come. I can fight on Sky, BT, DAZN, ESPN, there's a reason why.'
Looking to the future, 'the Body Snatcher', who ideally wants one more fight before the end of this year, sums up how he'd like to be remembered once he's hung up the gloves.
'(It'd be) as someone who fought anyone, anywhere and didn't really care. Someone who would get in there and have it with anyone,' he concluded. 'I never shy away from anyone.'

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