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Whyte fight possibilities: Ruiz or Povetkin

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Whyte fight possibilities: Ruiz or Povetkin

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Whyte fight possibilities: Ruiz or Povetkin

Dillian Whyte is once again the WBC interim title champion and is once again positioned to take on WBC champion Deontay Wilder. However, until that unfolds, he will have to wait his turn before that can come to fruition.

Speaking on the year in review with iFL TV, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn mentioned that for Whyte he could be in action as early as April.

“Looking to fight in April, possibly in the UK. Again, it all depends on Joshua’s next fight, and Usyk-Chisora. Dillian Whyte, where are we going to place him and slot him in? I love the Andy Ruiz fight for Dillian Whyte. Will they take it? Probably not,” Hearn told IFL TV.

Ruiz coming off his defeat against Anthony Joshua in November on the same bill Whyte had a unanimous decision victory over Mariusz Wach where Whyte wasn’t in the best of form.

“I like the (Alexnder) Povetkin fight for Dillian Whyte. I think that’s an absolute war. But, ultimately, all these fights for Dillian are great, but we’ve got to get him a world title fight. We’ve got to see where we are with the WBC. We’re not the mandatory until 2021, which as you know, I don’t agree with.”

Whyte being the WBC mandatory again has been an ongoing ordeal which had him ruled against in favor of Dominic Breazeale and, at one point, pulled out of the rankings due to testing positive for a banned substance. Six months later, all of that was cleared by the United Kingdom Anti-Doping agency as there weren’t enough trace amounts. That clearance gave Whyte the green light he needed in which he faced Wach in Saudi Arabia.

I think Whyte taking on Povetkin is a realistic possibility, if they don’t run back the match Povetkin had with Hunter, which ended in a very competitive draw.

For Whyte, he has to look a lot better than he has in his last two contests between Wach and before that, Oscar Rivas, before we go down the rabbit hole of Wilder, again.

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