Dillian Whyte could possibly be welcomed to combat Deontay Wilder in an eliminator for a WBC heavyweight title challenger, says WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman.
Whyte can regain his standing as WBC interim champion if he avenges defeat in opposition to Alexander Povetkin in subsequent Saturday’s rematch, dwell on Sky Sports activities Field Workplace.
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have signed a contract for an undisputed world title combat, with a date and venue to be determined, and challengers can be lining as much as face the ensuing champion.
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Requested by Sky Sports activities if the WBC could possibly be open to an eliminator between Whyte and former champion Wilder, Sulaiman mentioned: “Sure, that could possibly be a really attention-grabbing match-up.
“Sadly we aren’t promoters, we aren’t match-makers, however this could possibly be doubtlessly a really attention-grabbing combat.
“There may be nice expertise within the heavyweight division and I’m certain that we’re up for an ideal experience within the coming years. We’ve got so many combos that may occur.
“After all the thrill of Fury and Joshua is what everyone seems to be speaking about, however there are additionally many different fights that might doubtlessly take the good leisure for the boxing followers all over the world.”
Wilder has not returned to the ring since his fearsome undefeated streak and his reign as WBC champion had been ended final 12 months by a stoppage loss to Fury.
Whyte waited over 1,000 days as WBC necessary challenger whereas Wilder was the champion however by no means obtained his shot on the title, then suffered a shock knockout loss to Povetkin.
If Whyte beats Povetkin subsequent Saturday, he could possibly be on a collision course with Wilder, who’s ranked at No 1 by the governing physique, as they jostle for a shot on the Joshua vs Fury winner.
WBC president Sulaiman welcomed a possible Whyte vs Wilder combat, saying: “Sure, completely. Sure, I like the concept.
“After all the rankings are by advantage. We’ll see what occurs on March 27. If Whyte wins, then he turns into the interim champion.
“He can be in a really privileged place and it is only a good time for boxing.”
Wilder has talked about Whyte as a potential opponent since dropping his belt.
“I like the Deontay Wilder combat,” promoter Eddie Hearn beforehand instructed Sky Sports activities.
“Wilder in opposition to Whyte is a combat we have talked about a very long time. Dillian Whyte known as for that combat for about three years after which unexpectedly Deontay Wilder misplaced, now he is calling for the Dillian Whyte combat.”
Whyte instructed Sky Sports activities: “I am going to combat anybody. Deontay Wilder is somebody that I need to combat and bash up. I imagine he is somebody that I beat up and knock out.”
Wilder was locked in a dispute over a 3rd combat in opposition to Fury and has acrimoniously cut up from coach Mark Breland, who threw within the towel to rescue him and finish the second combat.
“Outdoors of AJ in opposition to Fury, Whyte-Wilder stays one of many largest fights in boxing,” Hearn beforehand mentioned. “I’d like to make that combat.
“I feel Deontay Wilder must get again within the ring. I actually would not be trying to put him in with Whyte straight off the bat.
“He wants a combat in my view. Presumably, he’ll be working with a brand new crew of trainers.
“I feel there’s a number of unrest in that crew.”
Whyte should first overcome the sizable job of a rematch with Povetkin.
He twice knocked the Russian down after they first met final 12 months however succumbed to a shocking knockout punch.
Harold ‘The Shadow’ Knight, the coach who helped Lennox Lewis win rematches in opposition to Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman, has been added to Whyte’s nook.
Whyte was warned by his promoter Hearn: “If he loses [to Povetkin], then he can neglect combating Deontay Wilder, and he can neglect combating for a world championship, so he should win that combat.”
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