Even though Dillian Whyte (27-1; 18 KOs) is a mandatory challenger, for more than a year at WBC, he hasn’t expected to fight for the organization’s World title in 2020. According to the WBC, this will not happen before 2021, so in the meantime has has to face an opponent because he can’t spend a year without a fight. Whyte says he will probably fight in London or Manchester on April 18, at least according to Eddie Hearn at last time.
As long as he waits, he has to pick an opponent who is in the elite, but he can’t risk a defeat because it would go even further than the title match. Whyte mentioned a list of who he “picked” for himself: Alexander Povetkin, Andy Ruiz Jr., Otto Wallin. Eddie Hearn has recently said he wants to organize a fight against Andy Ruiz Jr. (33-2; 22 KOs), but since his defeat against Joshua, Ruiz has not announced the sequel. There is little chance of this match, but it cannot be ruled out.
Otto Wallin (20-1; 13 KOs) is not really a member of the elite, but he made a very good impression when fight with Fury, he could get into the elite over time. If the referee had stopped the fight after that gross eye injury, which Wallin had inflicted on Fury in one punch, he would have been the first pro to beat “Gypsy King.”
Povetkin (35-2-1; 24 KOs) could be a good choice. Whyte and the Russian last fought at the same gala in Saudi Arabia. Whyte has a bit cumbersome but won against the veteran Mariusz Wach while Povetkin had a very tough battle with young Michael Hunter, which ended in a draw. Whyte thinks it could be a good match between them, because neither of them is the “running-in kind,” a tough battle, with hard hits. Defeating Povetkin would still be a big win.
“If (Povetkin) wants it, he can get it. It’s going to be a tear-up, because he is not really a mover and I’m not really a mover, so he’s a come forward fighter and I come forward. We’re going to have a scrap. Povetkin comes to fight doesn’t he. He doesn’t come to mess about. I’m the same, so let’s get it. Let’s see who has got the best left hook around.” – said Whyte.
Whyte will sit down with Hearn next week to discuss when and how to fight next.