Deontay Wilder has slammed accusations that he has been avoiding a fight with Dillian Whyte.
Whyte, 31, has openly voiced his desire to fight Wilder and has been the number one ranked challenger for his WBC heavyweight title for over 600 days.
But the 'Bronze Bomber' claims that the heavyweight Brit has avoided him four times for a potential bout.
"I told him [Whyte] to sign with the PBC [Premier Boxing Champions] when he came from over here network shopping or whatever he was over here doing," the 33-year-old Alabama-born boxer told World Boxing News.
"So I told him, 'Yeah just sign with us, a one-fight deal. Then no problem we'll get that fight on. We can get it on, I'll give you that shot.' But that was one time -- STRIKE."
And the second occasion came when Wilder told the 'Body Snatcher' to take on Luis Ortiz.
He said: "Then I told him to fight Luis Ortiz. 'You fight him and you got my word, you got me' -- I said. And everybody knows when I speak, that's my word, that's my bond and I don't go back on it.
"What did he do? He didn't want to fight him -- STRIKE TWO."
According to Wilder, the third strike came when Whyte snubbed the WBC's call to fight the 40-year-old Cuban.
"Then the WBC came and ordered him to fight Ortiz, they ORDERED him to, and he didn't want the fight -- that's STRIKE THREE," he explained.
The American superstar claimed the fourth strike came after Eddie Hearn refused to set up a match with Whyte ahead of a then-unification match with Anthony Joshua.
He explained: "I said, 'If you give me Dillian then put Joshua on [straight after in the next fight].' So that's a solid STRIKE FOUR there."
Whyte is preparing for his upcoming bout with Óscar Rivas in London on 20th July.
But Hearn, 40, claimed that Wilder would be forced to fight the winner of the bout as an interim title will be on the line.
Wilder produced a stunning first-round KO against Dominic Breazeale at the Barclays Center in New York City in May.
But Wilder is now preparing for a rematch with 'King Kong' Ortiz in September ahead of a potential rematch with Tyson Fury in early 2020.
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