With both of their heavyweight showdowns for the month of May in limbo due to the Coronavirus, contenders Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte had a friendly funny exchange on social media Monday morning.
The fighters, who met in the ring previously twice with Whyte winning both times, exchanged greetings and gave updates on their own situations:
🤝 Old rivals Derek Chisora and Dillian Whyte speaking on Instagram Live this morning. Both in a similar position with big fights planned for May threatened by the coronavirus pandemic…
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) March 23, 2020
Chisora: “What’s up?!”
Whyte: “I’m jut about to go into training”
Chisora: “Where you at?,”
Whyte: “I’m in Portugal.”
Chisora: “How’s your Portugeese?”
Whyte: “It’s okay (laughing)….no, the first thing I learned is ‘Thank you’, ‘Abogado’ That’s it, bro. ‘Thank You’ and ‘Please.'”
Whyte is scheduled to be up first fighting Russian Contender Alexander Povetkin on May 2nd in London, but clearly that bout is in jeopardy after Matchroom Boxing postponed all of its shows for now through the end of April.
Chisora’s fight with former Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk is scheduled for three weeks later, at the moment. However, the belief is both of those fights are also going to be postponed until later in the summer, unless something drastically changes.
“We are floating in the air. Nobody even knows what’s happening,” Chisora told Whyte about the fight statuses in their conversation.
“People don’t understand the training. Not knowing what’s going on. It’s madness… We’re trying to work on the ‘peak time’ but it’s hard to work out, when you don’t know what’s going on.” Whyte said back.
It is interesting that Whyte revealed he and his camp have gone to Portugal to continue his training for the upcoming battle with the former IBF World Champ, Povetkin.
“I’m checking for May 2nd, because hopefully, everything by then, this thing has calmed down… We’re going to be in ‘lockdown’ for another 12 days. Then, hopefully, the fight can still go ahead,” Whyte concluded.
Meanwhile, Chisora is also hopeful of a path towards a fight with either unified Champion Anthony Joshua or WBC Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury. This is because Usyk is ranked number one by the WBO at heavyweight and it’s potentially a big moment for Chisora, who’s looking to upset him and take that ranking.
All pleasantries aside, both fighters need wins, and if anything, Whyte has the advantage over Chisora for now, as he defeated him twice previously. Whyte won by split decision in December of 2016 and then left no doubt with a thundering 11th round left hook KO in their rematch in December of 2018.
Now, we are all left to wait.