It’s still hard to get Dillian Whyte’s last performance out of my head.
Fighting on March 24 vs. Lucas Browne, Whyte scored an emphatic sixth-round knockout over previously unbeaten Lucas Browne inside of the O2 Arena in London. So shocking was the knockout, one that saw Browne laid out and knocked cold, that it served notice of what is next with Whyte (23-1, 17 KO’s).
With the win, Whyte picked up the WBC Silver Heavyweight title, prompting many to ponder if he will soon be facing off with WBC champion Deontay Wilder in his next bout. Wilder, of course, has been clamoring and clamoring for a huge showdown with IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, yet there are some hurdles to overcome before that one gets done.
Meanwhile, in a turn of events, it looks as though Whyte is no longer #1 in line to face off with Wilder, according to the WBC.
Whyte has now been ordered to fight Cuba’s Luis Ortiz to decide the “second mandatory”, while Dominic Breazeale has emerged as the preferred challenger for Wilder. Given Wilder’s previous grudge with Breazeale, it seems like a natural for that fight to happen.
Now if Whyte wants a crack at WBC gold, it looks like Whyte must find a way to get past Ortiz, who was last seen giving Wilder the fight of his life in March before being stopped in the 10th round.
Whyte was also ordered by the IBF to fight Kubrat Pulev to decide the mandatory challenger to the title held by Joshua. Whyte was stopped by Anthony in late 2015 and it would be a big rematch.
“It would secure me a place as mandatory challenger for the IBF, and it’s a fight that I want,” Whyte told Sky Sports recently. “I believe I can beat Pulev all day long. At the O2, it’s a big fight.”
But don’t completely count out Wilder vs. Joshua from happening just yet. It’s the dream fight to make in the division, and Wilder’s side reportedly even offered a flat $50 million fee to Joshua for the fight to happen. Such a fight would render all of the mandatories meaningless, for the moment.
“I’m going to look to meet up with them in New York, get face to face with them, look into the whites of their eyes, and just see if we can make a deal,” Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports last week. Hearn will be in New York this week promoting Danny Jacob’s return bout on April 28 inside of the Barclays Center.
As for Whyte? I guess he is just waiting in the wings for things to shake out, but it’s hard to disregard his recent tweet about his true ambitions for the next 12 months.
“I want to fight at least 2 of these guys over the next 12 months @BronzeBomber @anthonyfjoshua @Tyson_Fury @APovetkin @KubratPulev @joeboxerparker make it happen @EddieHearn @SkySportsBoxing #JustWantToFight #TEAMBODYSNATCHER”
There is no doubt that Whyte can fight, but would he have enough to get past Ortiz? Figures to be a dangerous fight, no matter where it’s held out. Let’s see what move Whyte decides to make.
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