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Deontay Wilder vs Dillian Whyte matchup “very interesting,” says WBC’s Sulaiman

Deontay Wilder hasn’t fought in over a year with no known plans, but Dillian Whyte could be a good fight for a return.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Deontay Wilder hasn’t fought since his Feb. 2020 loss to Tyson Fury and doesn’t seem to have any plans to, at least not that anyone knows publicly.

One idea would be for ex-WBC titlist Wilder to fight someone in an official eliminator for that sanctioning body, and Dillian Whyte certainly could be a name in that mix.

WBC boss Mauricio Sulaiman told Sky Sports that Wilder vs Whyte “could be a very interesting matchup”:

“Unfortunately we are not promoters, we are not match-makers, but this could be potentially a very interesting fight. There is great talent in the heavyweight division and I am sure that we are up for a great ride in the coming years. We have so many combinations that can happen. Of course the excitement of Fury and Joshua is what everyone is talking about, but there are also many other fights that could potentially take the great entertainment for the boxing fans around the world.”

While I disagree that it’s unfortunate that Mauricio Sulaiman isn’t a promoter or match-maker, the point is there, I guess.

The other thing is that if Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO) decides to fight again, it’s highly doubtful that he’ll need an eliminator to get an order for a title fight. He’s a very big name, has the one loss on his record, and would have had an immediate third fight with Tyson Fury had the COVID-19 pandemic not struck. (Given that Fury vs Anthony Joshua has been signed for two fights, we can probably guess that Wilder’s attempt to force that third bout didn’t make it over the finish line.)

If Whyte (27-2, 18 KO) does get a win in his March 27 rematch with Alexander Povetkin, Whyte will have the interim WBC belt. Whyte has stated repeatedly that he doesn’t think Wilder will fight again, recently saying Wilder’s mind is “gone.”

But it’s also a fight that Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has said many times that he loves and would like to make if possible. Wilder, of course, is a PBC fighter, but the fight is doable. Any fight is doable, it just takes willing parties.

Anyway I doubt we’ll see it.

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