Eddie Hearn hopes Dillian Whyte will be able to fight Deontay Wilder at the end of the year … but it will be a while before he gets a crack at Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua, despite strong performances against Alexander Povetkin
- Dillian Whyte made an impression when he stopped Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night
- The 32-year-old was reflective of his victory after appearing on a Gibraltar coin
- Eddie Hearn hopes the Briton can take on Deontay Wilder later this year
- Whyte fights Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury
- He may have to wait a while for his shot at a world heavyweight title
It was over 1am when Alexander Povetkin finally stumbled out of his dressing room, supported under each armpit by a member of his team. We therefore remind ourselves that whatever else is said about Dillian Whyte, he can pose a serious threat to health.
One question remains what condition Povetkin was in, even before his four-round beating, and it seems indisputable that the 41-year-old’s recovery from an attack from Covid was not as complete as he suggested.
He never looked quite right during fight week, and that was brutally exposed by a British heavyweight with a point to prove. Nothing should be taken from Whyte, who has resumed his place at the front of the line in anticipation of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, but equally it will take more than an excellent knockout of a weakened old champion to conclude that he is able to beat both. of those giants.
Dillian Whyte was at his clinical best when he stopped Alexander Povetkin within five rounds
Promoter Eddie Hearn hopes to give Whyte a fight with Deontay Wilder at the end of the year
Plans to gather further evidence of his title credibility are already being formulated. His promoter Eddie Hearn’s view is that they will bring the Whyte show from Gibraltar to the US, likely for a lower engagement in July, and then try to fight Deontay Wilder at the end of the year.
Whyte himself is making a fuss about his legal right to fight WBC champion Fury after waiting more than 1,000 days as a mandatory WBC challenger for his shocking defeat to Povetkin in July.
But if Fury-Joshua does happen this year, it won’t be 2022 at the earliest that Whyte will get that crack.
About Wilder, Whyte said: “We don’t know if Wilder is even going to fight again. All he does is post photos with guns, alcohol and weed. Or he shakes his ass on TV.
“I’d like to smash his face, but if he’s not going to fight, what can I do?”
Whyte could take on Deontay Wilder, pictured during his crushing defeat to Tyson Fury, towards the end of the year
It’s been a good journey for Whyte, who has tormented in that usual way, with the aura of a man who feels he has received less credit from the world than he deserves.
But here he controlled Povetkin with good boxing and moments of more familiar poison. He wiggled the Russian twice in the first and second rounds, finishing him in fourth with a brilliant left hook to the jaw.
It was a great way to end a week in which the 32-year-old was struck on a Gibraltar coin. “I am the first black man to go into legal British currency,” he said. ‘Who would have thought that a kid from Jamaica who had been left to die, survived, grew up in gangs, shot, served in prison, turned out to be with that award? I’m grateful, man. ‘
Fury and Anthony Joshua have all four major heavyweight titles together
There was a debut win over Jesus Ruiz for Campbell Hatton on the undercard. His head movement wasn’t that great and he was wild in his attacks, which is all to be expected from a 20-year-old novice.
He became the 11th out of 11 men to beat Ruiz, and the 10th who couldn’t stop him, and will then fight again on Derek Chisora’s undercard on May 1.
“In my mind I was that on a five out of 10,” he said. “People want to think I’m picking up where my dad left off, but he was half decent, wasn’t he? I think Conor Benn helped me by going for me, and if they look at where he started and where he is, they will have a little more patience for me. ‘