Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn believes Deontay Wilder vs. Dillian Whyte would be massive.
Wilder is coming off the first loss of his pro boxing career to Tyson Fury back in February 2020. Since the defeat, Wilder has hurled cheating accusations Fury’s way and even claimed his former trainer Mark Breland spiked his water. Whyte has blasted Wilder for the accusations, calling him an “idiot” and a “coward.”
During an interview with Sky Sports, Hearn said that Wilder vs. Whyte is a huge fight but first, Whyte must get his revenge against Alexander Povetkin.
“First things first is March 6 for Dillian Whyte. If he loses that, then he can forget fighting Deontay Wilder, and he can forget fighting for a world championship, so he must win that fight.
“For me, outside of AJ against Fury, Whyte-Wilder remains one of the biggest fights in boxing. I would love to make that fight.”
Back in August 2020, Whyte suffered a stunning fifth-round TKO loss to Povetkin, losing the interim WBC Heavyweight Championship in the process. Whyte had a mandate to fight WBC titleholder Tyson Fury but with the loss to Povetkin, that status was taken away. Even if Whyte avenges his loss to Povetkin, the WBC has not committed to giving him back the mandatory status.
Wilder is currently in the process of taking legal action in an attempt to thwart plans for Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury. Wilder insists his rematch clause is still in effect. Fury’s team claims that the clause expired, so they want to move on.