Hearn Wants WBC Mandatory Status for Whyte
Despite his status as a top-ranked contender, it has been a struggle for Dillian Whyte to clinch a title shot, and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, wants to help.
Whyte has been pleading his case to the WBC to be the next mandatory challenger for its heavyweight title, which will be on the line on May 18 when Deontay Wilder defends against Dominic Breazeale.
Whyte is expected to return to the ring in July against an opponent to be determined.
“We want Dillian Whyte to be the mandatory with the WBC, so that will be ruled in the next 10-14 days,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “A lot depends on that situation in terms of who he fights in July. The plan is to still go July 6 or 13, and we’ll wait for the WBC’s decision, and then make our choice following that.”
Despite being the No. 1 ranked heavyweight by the WBC, Whyte was ordered by the boxing organization last year to face Luis Ortiz in an eliminator while Breazeale was named mandatory challenger. Whyte expressed great confusion and disappointment in the matter and opted to face former WBO champion Joseph Parker rather than Ortiz or IBF-mandated opponent Kubrat Pulev.
In addition, after his December knockout of Dereck Chisora, Whyte entered into negotiations to face unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium on April 13. Those plans, however, never came to fruition at negotiations between the two Hearn boxers failed.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman recently flew over and had a meeting with Whyte.
“I think he feels for Dillian Whyte, Hearn said. “I think everybody in boxing knows he’s been hard done by in this [WBC] situation. Mauricio is a very fair guy, so is the WBC. They’ll take that into consideration, they’ll take our appeal into consideration, and they’ll make their decision amongst the WBC governors.”
When asked about potential opponents for Whyte, Hearn named off several fellow former title challengers and top contenders including Ortiz and Alexander Povetkin, as well as current WBA “World” champion Manuel Charr and current European champion Agit Kabayel.
We know Dillian always wants to fight these top guys, so you can expect him to be in a great fight in July.
Original Story: Sky Sports