Dillian Whyte reckons Anthony Joshua and his stable have ‘lost their bottle for real fights’.
Brixton Body Snatcher Whyte was promised a third fight against AJ if he beat Jermaine Franklin last November.
He did just that but London 2012 Olympic hero Joshua chose to fight American Franklin instead, labouring to a points win.
British fight fans were promised three Joshua fights in 2023, as he tries to gel with new trainer Derrick James.
But it now looks like he is being kept on ice until a December clash with Deontay Wilder.
Whyte, 35, told SunSport, “Fans must be getting p***ed off because people are promising and pushing for these fights and then bottling it when they are close to happening.
“Lots of big fights don’t happen, it’s annoying but people see it coming and have to accept it.
“It’s crazy but currently only five out of the top 50 heavyweight boxers have a fight arranged.
“Inactivity is killing the sport and it needs a shake-up. I am waiting for my next fight — and was meant to fight Joshua after Franklin.
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Joshua and his team told everybody ‘the winner of Whyte and Franklin fights AJ’ — and then they boxed the loser.
“And now they have petitioned for Frazer Clarke to fight Fabio for his title, got exactly what they asked for and have bottled it.
“It’s a joke, they look around blaming each other, making excuses, talking up other fights further down the line.
“But anyone who sees Joshua sitting around for nine months waiting for a Wilder cash-out — or Clarke taking on some journeyman in a pointless undercard fight — will see a team that has lost its bottle.”
“Joshua’s team are doing interviews saying he beats me in four rounds.
“But he can’t decide if I’m his dream opponent or his worst nightmare.
“I want the fight. I know that DAZN want the fight, too, because it would be an absolutely huge event.
“The only problem we all have is Joshua. He has confidence issues and is afraid to take the fight.
“He doesn’t want to risk his retirement payday in Saudi Arabia against Wilder — who is also past his sell-by date.
“Joshua and his team are talking Clarke up as a future world champion.”