Is Dillian Whyte Taking A Huge Risk with ‘Matchroom Fight Camp’ Match?
As boxing has slowly been returning, fighters are working their way back up the ladder. Some are getting rid of ring rust, while others have found their way back to where they were months ago. For Dillian Whyte, he is in an interesting situation. It is one that Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn is concerned about.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Hearn discussed the atmosphere of the recently-created “Matchroom Fight Camp”, set to take place in the backyard of Matchroom’s UK offices. The 15-acre land in Brentwood, Essex will host some of the top fights in boxing today. Whyte is expected to defend his interim WBC Heavyweight Title against Alexander Povetkin on August 22, a few months after their initial fight night in May was postponed.
As a mandatory challenger for the WBC Heavyweight Title since 2017, Whyte will be risking it all.
“He’s taking a huge risk. What people don’t realize is that this environment is different,” Hearn stated. “You’ll get fighters over-performing and under-performing. The slogan is ‘no easy fights’. The days of easy fights should be gone. Let’s see these 50-50 match-ups. Whyte has been sat at No 1 with the WBC for 1000 days now – it is laughable now, comical. But we have our date at the end of February and we will be enforcing that.”
Hearn is referring to the fact that Whyte has a chance to face off against the winner of Tyson Fury v. Deontay Wilder. The two are set for a trilogy fight sometime in December. According to the WBC, Whyte will get a shot at the winner after. This comes after Fury and Joshua agreed in principle to face one another in 2021. With a February 2021 deadline coming, Whyte is ready for whatever happens.
Whyte (27-1) has not fought since December when he beat Mariusz Wach via unanimous decision. On an eleven-fight win streak, “The Body Snatcher” won the interim WBC title against Oscar Rivas in July. He recently made a significant move within his camp by parting ways with head trainer Mark Tibbs.
Povetkin (35-2-1) last fought in December as well, fighting Michael Hunter to a split decision draw. He is 1-1-1 in his last three fights, his last win against Hughie Fury for the vacant WBA International Heavyweight Title. Hearn believes Povetkin, who thinks that Whyte is distracted, is a big challenge for Whyte.
“Povetkin is someone who is extremely well-seasoned, an Olympic gold medalist, he had great fights with Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko, and good wins against David Price and Hughie Fury,” Hearn went on to say. “He can really fight.
“The advert says it all – this is the two best left-hookers in the sport. It is such a dangerous fight.”