Eddie Hearn Open To Deontay Wilder vs. Dillian Whyte
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn sees value in booking Deontay Wilder vs. Dillian Whyte if Whyte can handle business first.
Wilder has broken his silence on losing a February rematch to Tyson Fury. Wilder has accused Fury of cheating by loading his gloves. He even claimed his former trainer Mark Breland spiked his water. Whyte has slammed Wilder for his rant and for dropping Breland from his team.
Whyte competes under Matchroom Boxing and Hearn admits that a bout between Whyte and Wilder could be lucrative. With that said, Hearn knows Whyte must get the interim WBC Heavyweight Title back from Alexander Povetkin for the fight to make sense.
Here’s what Hearn told talkSPORT.
“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.”
Whyte suffered an upset TKO loss to Povetkin back in August. At the time, Whyte held the interim WBC gold. He lost his mandatory status with the defeat to Povetkin. The WBC has said there’s no guarantee that Whyte would get that status back if he beats Povetkin in the rematch.