Espinoza Talks Potential Wilder Opponents
With Deontay Wilder awaiting what’s next, Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza feels like the WBC heavyweight champion has a few options for his next fight.
In an interview with Boxing Scene prior to the Mikey Garcia and Robert Easter Jr clash at Staples Center, he claimed that Dillian Whyte is well in the mix.
“If you would’ve asked me about eight-to-ten hours ago, I probably would’ve said there was three guys,” Espinoza said on Saturday night in Los Angeles. “Now there’s four.”
“There’s been the (Dominic) Breazeale fight, that’s sort of been lurking out there for awhile. Tyson Fury seems genuinely interested but Tyson’s a little unpredictable at times, to say the least. You’ve got three depending on what happens tonight, a (Luis) Ortiz rematch.”
Ortiz would stop his opponent Razvan Cojanu dead in his tracks later in the evening, and Espinoza was impressed by Whyte’s ability to surpass Joseph Parker.
“There was a mild upset in Dillian Whyte, I don’t know if I’d categorize is as a huge upset,” Espinoza continued. “I thought Whyte looked as good as he has in any fight. So I think his case for Dillian’s a little stronger now than it was earlier today or yesterday.”
“We’re looking at November, maybe December,” said Espinoza for a return to the ring for Wilder.
“Part of that will be if it’s Tyson Fury, who’s fighting in August. We’ll see how he looks. Breazeale, he can be ready whenever and then depending on what happens tonight with Ortiz. Probably those three-and-a-half candidates, I don’t know what Eddie (Hearn) has planned for Dillian Whyte so he’s a half-candidate.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene