A heavyweight bout between Deontay Wilder and Dillian Whyte could be down the road
While most of the attention in the heavyweight division is currently on the upcoming bouts between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua as the two icons face off to determine the undisputed heavyweight title, there are still more than a few big-name fighters out there that are waiting in the wings. Deontay Wilder and Dillian Whyte are a couple of them, and as it turns out, a fight between these two heavyweights could now be in the books.
None other than WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has talked up a potential Wilder-Whyte bout as the prospect looms:
“That could be a very interesting match-up,” Sulaiman told Sky Sports, via Tom Kershaw of The Independent. “Unfortunately we are not promoters, we are not match-makers, but this could be potentially a very interesting fight.”
Whyte is set to face off against another heavyweight contender in Alexander Povetkin on March 27 as Whyte looks to avenge his shock knockout loss to Povetkin last year. Should Whyte succeed in defeating the Russian fighter then he would regain No. 1 contender status in the division — a notion that Sulaiman also confirmed:
“Yes, absolutely. Yes, I like the idea,” Sulaiman added. “Of course the rankings are by merit. We’ll see what happens on 27 March. If Whyte wins, then he becomes the interim champion.
“He would be in a very privileged position and it’s just a good time for boxing.”
For their part, Whyte’s camp has already engaged in a bit of smack talk towards Wilder. Eddie Hearn, Whyte’s promoter, has come out with a statement that should catch the attention of Wilder:
“Wilder against Whyte is a fight we’ve talked about a long time,” Hearn said. “Dillian Whyte called for that fight for about three years and then all of a sudden Deontay Wilder lost, now he’s calling for the Dillian Whyte fight.”
Shots fired. It looks like we could be in store for a bout between Whyte and Wilder, which on paper at least, could be a fight for the ages.