With his April 13th date with Anthony Joshua dead in the water, Dillian Whyte has booked the following Saturday at the O2 in London. He tells Sky Sports that he hopes to face Dominic Breazeale, Alexander Povetkin, or Luis Ortiz, with a preference for Breazeale on account of the WBC’s fouled-up mandatory situation.
Eddie Hearn outlined his plans for the rest of the card to be loaded with heavyweights.
| HEARN EYES HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT NIGHT@EddieHearn reveals plans for a stacked heavyweight card on April 20th at The O2 Arena...— Boxing Social (@boxing_social) February 4, 2019
@DillianWhyte vs ❓
@DerekWarChisora vs @joeboxerparker
@MichaelHunterII vs @carlos_takam
@davidthewhiter1 vs Lucas Browne#Boxing pic.twitter.com/6WD4TN3BKx
All three are feasible, at least as far as I can tell. Breazeale (20-1, 18 KO) willingly risked his mandatory obligation against Oscar Negron last November; admittedly, Whyte (25-1, 18 KO) is a fair bit more dangerous than Negron, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility.
Povetkin (34-2, 24 KO) offers an interesting angle, as “Russian Vityaz” gave Anthony Joshua problems when they met last September. Beating Povetkin more impressively than Joshua did would be a fine tool for Whyte’s taunting campaign.
I swear to God, heavyweight matchmaking these days is like watching those weird bird mating dances.
Ortiz (30-1, 26 KO) is already booked to fight Christian Hammer on March 2nd as part of the Brian Castano-Erislandy Lara card. I can’t imagine him turning down a higher-profile fight with Whyte, though.