Dillian Whyte vs. Deontay Wilder Title Eliminator? WBC Boss Embraces It
Dillian Whyte has long been calling for a scrap with Deontay Wilder and if the bout were to decide a final title challenger, then the WBC President is all ears.
Whyte is the former interim WBC Heavyweight Champion. He had mandatory status before being stunned by Alexander Povetkin in the fifth round via TKO. Whyte will have a chance to avenge his loss and reclaim the interim gold on March 27. Unfortunately for Whyte, mandatory status isn’t guaranteed this time.
WBC boss Mauricio Sulaiman is quite intrigued with the idea of Whyte vs. Wilder being a title eliminator, however. Sulaiman told Sky Sports that while he isn’t a matchmaker, he’d love to see the matchup.
“Yes, that could be a very interesting match-up. Unfortunately, we are not promoters, we are not match-makers, but this could be potentially a very interesting fight.
“There is great talent in the heavyweight division and I am sure that we are up for a great ride in the coming years. We have so many combinations that can happen.
“Of course the excitement of Fury and Joshua is what everyone is talking about, but there are also many other fights that could potentially take the great entertainment for the boxing fans around the world.”
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn, who promotes Whyte, isn’t opposed to making the fight happen. Here’s what he said to talkSPORT back in November.
“Deontay Wilder has lost his marbles. I mean, he has accused Tyson Fury of all sorts; people spiking his water, his ring walk outfit was too heavy… I mean I don’t know what’s going on there. But everybody is kind of mapped out; AJ has got Pulev, beat him, fight Tyson Fury. Dillian Whyte is going to rematch Alexander Povetkin so Wilder is a little bit frozen out right now.
“But listen, he’s a good fighter and he is exciting so once he gets his mind straight, I’m sure he will return in 2021. A fight between Deontay Wilder and Dillian Whyte is a big draw. But for Dillian, he must beat Povetkin at the start of 2021.”