Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn continues to sort of push for Dillian Whyte to get his shot at Tyson Fury’s WBC belt (knowing that Fury is first obligated to rematch Deontay Wilder, and obviously having a strong preference to stage Fury-Joshua) but would like to squeeze Whyte into the fray between those outings.
With Whyte continually saying that Fury has been ducking all the smoke with him, Hearn says Fury could wind up stripped of the title, leading towards an undisputed showdown between Joshua and Whyte, telling Sky Sports:
“We know the winner of Saturday’s fight will be ordered to face the winner of Fury vs Wilder. If Fury does not want to fight Whyte, then Whyte will be elevated to champion from interim champion. Now I do not like that. But what will happen? Joshua will fight Whyte straight away for the undisputed championship.”
Hearn continued by saying this could prove to be a big deal for Whyte as he heads into a clash against Alexander Povetkin, which is far from a stay-busy fight.
“I still can’t believe Whyte is taking these risks. When you sit as the mandatory challenger, what you don’t do is fight Joseph Parker, Derek Chisora, Oscar Rivas and Povetkin while you wait!”
Whyte has come too far now to afford any slip ups, often calling out the WBC for putting him on the backburner for so long, so he better be fully dialed in for Povetkin this weekend or else he could find himself way back in the line again.