Paulie Malignaggi has exclusively told talkSPORT that he believes Dillian Whyte is one of the planet’s ‘most dangerous’ heavyweights.
The American former two-weight king has given his thoughts on the current state of boxing’s glamour division, specifically focussing on two of the top Brits.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s Dom McGuinness at Ultimate Boxxer, Malignaggi said: “I think Whyte is one of the most dangerous heavyweights in the world, the more dangerous guys won’t fight him.
“So I think he’s got to still fight guys that are good enough to remain in contention, the problem is he probably has a bigger name than all of those guys.
“He does have the name to fight the big names, they just won’t fight him.
“He has a bigger name than all of the other heavyweights and the problem with that is, he’s in a more risk than reward factor when he’s taking on guys like Oscar Rivas.
“Guys like Oscar Rivas are good enough to beat Dillian Whyte, but Whyte on any given night is also good enough to beat the main fighters in the heavyweight division as well…
“Whyte wants to remain among the elite, wants to remain dangerous and keep the public opinion that he is dangerous. So he’s doing it, credit to him.”
The ‘Body Snatcher’ survived a scare as he was knocked down by Rivas on Saturday night, but ultimately prevented an upset and won the thriller on points.
This was not the same for Whyte’s old rival Anthony Joshua last month, as he was floored four times and suffered his first career defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr.
When asked about his experiences of coming back from a defeat, Malignaggi explained: “One thing that’s different from me is that I always lost to guys that were favourite in the fight.
“I never lost to a guy that was the underdog.
“When I lost, the odds makers had expected me to lose – not that it’s easy to come back from that because it’s not.
“But when you are expected to win and you lose, I think it might be a bit of a harder hit to your career.
“But nonetheless, Joshua’s also younger to where he can come back, but he has to decide in his own mind what’s worth it to come back, how badly he wants to come back.
“Sometimes you say in your mind, in your house, in your bed, ‘I wanna come back, I wanna do this.’
“But then when you get in the gym or you find yourself in a tough sparring session, you find yourself in a tough fight, you find out that you don’t have the ‘dig down’ that you used to have.
“So Joshua has to know within himself if he has that or not. Only he knows.”
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will be live at the talkSPORT studios next Friday on the Jim White Show, but if you can’t wait till then to hear from one of the biggest names in boxing you can catch the Bronze Bomber in the flesh at the famous ICC Arena in Birmingham on July 27 for his UK tour with Showfighter and Gold Star. talkSPORT will be in attendance so for more details head to eventbrite.co.uk and you can get your tickets from showfighter.co.uk