Hearn Looks To Book Whyte-Ruiz
As reported earlier this week, Eddie Hearn has made a substantial offer to former unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr to fight Dillian Whyte.
“We’re still in negotiations with Andy Ruiz,” Hearn told Sky Sports this week in hopes of giving Whyte a major fight as WBC interim world heavyweight champion. “That fight has more chance of happening in America. That could be the second fight of the year for Dillian Whyte, or the first one.”
While Ruiz is the fighter at the top of Hearn’s wish list, former Anthony Joshua opponent Alexander Povetkin is the emergency back up in-case Ruiz and his team turn down Hearn’s offer.
“Right now, Povetkin is the frontrunner. We’re looking at the end of April, or early May for the return of Dillian Whyte,” Hearn said.
“If he wants it, he can get it,” Whyte told Sky Sports.
“It’s going to be a tear-up, because he is not really a mover and I’m not really a mover, so he’s a come forward fighter and I come forward. We’re going to have a scrap. Povetkin comes to fight doesn’t he. He doesn’t come to mess about. I’m the same, so let’s get it.”
If agreed, Whyte is down to fight Ruiz Jr in the United States in the California native’s first fight since his disappointing showing against Anthony Joshua back in December 7th in Saudi Arabia, where Ruiz came in overweight and under-motivated.