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Hearn: Chisora still lead candidate to face Whyte in December

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Eddie Hearn is still expecting a Dillian Whyte-Dereck Chisora matchup, despite the comments of Luis Ortiz.

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Dillian Whyte still needs an opponent for his December 22 fight, and promoter Eddie Hearn seems to have it down to two: Dereck Chisora and Luis Ortiz.

Hearn told Sky Sports that, to no surprise, the Chisora rematch is still the leading candidate:

“Chisora is still definitely the front-runner. Ortiz is scheduled to fight on the Wilder-Fury card on December 1 and wanted to make some noise by saying, ‘I want to fight Dillian Whyte.’ Maybe he will. Chisora is a big fight and one we’ve been working on for a while. Dillian Whyte will be boxing December 22, whatever happens, and I think it will be against Chisora.”

It’s no surprise because Hearn promotes both Whyte and Chisora — and, frankly, Chisora is a far lesser threat to an Anthony Joshua-Dillian Whyte rematch in April 2019 at Wembley Stadium, which seems the lead contender for that date with Deontay Wilder up in the air regarding a Joshua clash.

The smart money is on Whyte-Chisora II, which Whyte didn’t want at first, but the fight is being negotiated. Whyte beat Chisora in a competitive and entertaining brawl in December 2016.