Whyte-Miller In Line To Be WBO Mandatory
With Anthony Joshua nearly a month away from a showdown with Alexander Povetkin, potential challengers for his next date at Wembley Stadium are mounting.
While it seems unlikely that Deontay Wilder will square off against Joshua in April, fellow Matchroom heavyweights, Dillian Whyte and Jarrell Miller, may face off in a WBO mandatory showdown to face Joshua.
“With respect to our WBO heavyweight champion Mr. Anthony Joshua, be advised that Joshua has 180 days counting from the date of his last compulsory defense(after the Alexander Povetkin bout) to fulfil his mandatory defense obligations,” the WBO clarified to Sky Sports.
“Be advised that at this time the WBO has yet to determine if a WBO heavyweight elimination contest will be ordered.
“Further, the involvement of our WBO international heavyweight champion Mr. Dillian Whyte in a WBO heavyweight elimination bout is uncertain.”
Miller is set for an October showdown with Polish fighter Tomasz Adamek, but could face Whyte afterwards for the shot at facing Joshua.
If those two face off in the first two months of 2019, it would open the door for the winner of the October 27th IBF mandatory fight between Kubrat Pulev and Hughie Fury, to face Joshua in April at Wembley Stadium.
“Regarding Mr. Alexander Povetkin, please be advised that although Mr. Povetkin is ranked number one in the WBO Heavyweight Division, he is not Anthony Joshua’s WBO Mandatory Challenger,” the WBO exclusively told World Boxing News regarding the possibility of making the September 22nd a mandatory for their title.
“Further, the sanctioning body will probably order a WBO Heavyweight Elimination Bout to determine who will be the designated Mandatory Challenger in the aforementioned division,” they added.
Current WBO Top 15:
1 Alexander Povetkin (International) RUS
2 Dillian Whyte JAM
3 Jarrell Miller USA
4 Tom Schwarz (Int-Cont) GER
5 Dominic Breazeale USA
6 Joseph Parker NZ
7 Kyotaro Fujimoto (Asia-Pacific) JPN
8 Bryant Jennings USA
9 Agit Kabayel GER
10 Tyrone Spong (Latino) VACANT
11 Otto Wallin SWD
12 Junior Fa (Oriental) NZ
13 Zhilei Zhang CHN
14 Ebenezer Tetteh GHA
15 Jean Pierre Augustin HAI
Report: World Boxing News