Otto Wallin has vowed to pursue a rematch with Tyson Fury by beating Dillian Whyte later this month.
Whyte is currently in pole position to face Fury after being declared WBC mandatory challenger before his trilogy with Wilder.
But he must first progress beyond a stern test against tough Swede Wallin at the end of the month.
And the former opponent of Fury is confident that he can secure his own world-title shot, by making life "uncomfortable" for the 'Body Snatcher'.
“To me Whyte is a basic guy – he’s got a decent jab, a good left hook and is a good body puncher,” Wallin told the Knuckles and Gloves podcast. “He’s an aggressive guy but, other than that, he’s pretty basic. I can say I’m not basic. I’m a smart fighter with fast hands and fast feet.
“I don’t know if Dillian has fought any southpaws in his career. Maybe he did early on, but nobody really at a high level. I’m different from a lot of the fighters he’s faced.
“I don’t want to let Dillian be comfortable in there, I want to make it hard for him, just like I did against Fury,” he said. “If I beat Dillian, they might exercise the rematch but that doesn’t mean I’m locked into him. If I beat him, I’ll be the interim champion and maybe then I can go after Fury.
“I’m in boxing to become a world champion. I’ve worked myself to this level but I don’t want to stop here.”
Whyte has been waiting for his allusive world-title shot, since earning the WBC silver belt against Robert Helenius in 2017.
And he has beaten the likes of Alexander Povetkin, Derek Chisora and Oscar Rivas since earning his status.
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But his frustration continues to shine through, admitting that it may still be difficult to secure a shot at the 'Gypsy King'.
"Fury has the belt. Wilder had the chance to fight me for three years but didn't," Whyte told Sky Sports News.
"Hopefully now the WBC forces my position and Fury has no choice. It's a massive British fight, a major fight for Britain.
"Fury is an unpredictable man who might say: 'I am done!' "I hope we can make a fight when I get past Wallin. But Fury is a difficult guy to plan. I haven't heard a word from him about making a fight.
"I would be lying if I said I wasn't looking at them, I am definitely looking at fighting Tyson Fury. Wallin is a dangerous operator – he pushed Fury all the way. I am looking to fight Fury next if everything goes according to plan."
Fury has now placed potential jeopardy on any showdown, hinting at retirement after his victory over Wilder.
Anthony Joshua may also look to bring himself back into the title fold, with a revenge bid against Oleksandr Usyk next year.
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