The perks that were given to Dillian Whyte for being the interim WBC Heavyweight Champion haven’t transitioned to Alexander Povetkin.
Povetkin stunned the boxing world when he scored a fifth-round TKO victory over Whyte. While Whyte had a claim to the winner of the trilogy fight between WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, Povetkin doesn’t get that distinction as the new interim titleholder. In fact, Whyte plans to exercise his rematch clause and now the door is open for Fury vs. Anthony Joshua if “The Gypsy King” defeats Wilder a second time.
When it comes to that mega title unification bout, Joshua wants to have at least one more fight before it comes to fruition. Eddie Hearn stated that he’d still like to book Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Andrei Ryabinsky promotes Povetkin’s fights and he has chimed in on the situation that the WBC has been presented with (via Boxing Scene).
“A rematch [with Whyte] is a normal practice for such fights. The rules of the game changed a little, we have to figure it out. This entire mandatory challenger situation is very difficult, it will now drag on for a year or two. It is deeper and more complex [than initially thought], but in a nutshell everything is like this.”
The general consensus was that Povetkin’s fight with Whyte was his last chance at heavyweight glory. While he was knocked down twice in the bout, Povetkin had his breakthrough moment when he landed a flush uppercut that caused Whyte to hit the canvas and stay there.
Going into a likely rematch, it seems as if the tables have turned. Former WBC Cruiserweight Champion Tony Bellew believes Whyte’s career is on the line when he shares the ring with Povetkin a second time.