With Dillian Whyte back in the win column, avenging his loss to Alexander Povetkin, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn says he doesn’t think it’s a bad idea to have Whyte square off against Deontay Wilder — who doesn’t seem to have any opponent lined up for himself.
Whyte recently mentioned that he himself would love a chance to ‘smash Wilder’s face in’ so it’s clear that he’s up for it, and his promoter is fully on board if he can get Wilder to come to the negotiating table. Here’s what Hearn had to say on SiriusXM’s Ak and Barak show, via WBN.
“Both Dillian Whyte and Deontay Wilder are not world champions, so there’s no actual standard as far as who should get what in terms of the purse...We need to see Deontay Wilder back in the ring. The HW division is a better one with him in it. Dillian Whyte can be matched with anyone. But Wilder-Whyte is a thrilling barnburner.”
At the moment Wilder seems to still be in mediation to sort out what was supposed to be a third fight against Tyson Fury. Despite that, the general sentiment has been that Wilder won’t be getting in the way of an undisputed heavyweight title fight between Fury and Anthony Joshua. And if Wilder won’t be next for Fury or Joshua, a fight against Whyte might just be the next best thing.