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Eddie Hearn: ‘Very strong possibility’ Dillian Whyte fights on Ruiz-Joshua 2 undercard

Whyte last fought in July, outpointing Oscar Rivas.

Dillian Whyte v Oscar Rivas - Heavyweight Boxing Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn tells Sky Sports that he has designs on putting Dillian Whyte on the undercard of Andy Ruiz’s upcoming rematch against Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia, December 7th. Hearn suggests the addition of Whyte on that card is a “very strong possibility” as he hopes to shore up an opponent and perhaps make an announcement within the next couple of days.

“Hopefully in the next 24-48 hours, we can have some more news on whether Whyte will join AJ and Alexander Povetkin vs Michael Hunter and Filip Hrgovic vs Eric Molina on a big heavyweight night in Saudi Arabia.”

Whyte has been out of action since he last fought on July 20, taking a unanimous decision over Oscar Rivas. It would be revealed after that fight, however, that Whyte had an adverse finding in one of his drug tests leading into that Rivas bout, something the Rivas team was apparently never made aware of — nor the WBC for that matter, who had sanctioned the bout for an interim title.

The WBC would then claim that they suspended their interim heavyweight title until Whyte went through an appeals process, but little-to-no information has come out about that whole situation since the late summer, so who knows. But apparently Hearn is moving forward like it’s all good for Whyte, so I guess it must be.

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