What Does Tony Bellew Think Of Dillian Whyte’s Future?
Former WBC Cruiserweight Champion Tony Bellew has some thoughts on Dillian Whyte’s future.
Much has been made over Whyte’s stunning fifth-round TKO loss to Alexander Povetkin. Whyte was the interim WBC Heavyweight Champion going into his bout with Povetkin. “The Body Snatcher” had a claim to fight the winner of WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III. Ultimately, Whyte was stopped by Povetkin.
Whyte has a rematch clause that he intends to exercise. Bellew thinks Whyte could very well be fighting for relevancy against Povetkin (via Boxing Scene).
“Just the right opponents at the right time. We’ve gotta remember, 1,000 days he’s been waiting to challenge for the WBC world title. And for 800 of them days Deontay Wilder’s been the world champion – a man who didn’t want to face Dillian Whyte, didn’t wanna know. He was facing taxi drivers instead of facing Dillian Whyte.
“It’s wrong what’s been done to the lad, but he’s now in this very strange position where he’s gotta go into the rematch and his career is on the line. I believe Dillian will beat Povetkin. I think he needs to go in there and perform basically the same. Just, when you go in for the final finish, you’ve got to be alert and aware.”
Matchroom Boxing head honcho Eddie Hearn has said he feels Whyte can still have a bout with Fury in 2021 as long as he takes care of business in the expected rematch with Povetkin. Whyte wants the rematch to take place in November or December.
With the defeat against Povetkin, Whyte falls to 27-2. His lone career losses have been at the hands of current WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua, and now Povetkin. Whyte had been riding an eleven-fight winning streak before being stopped by Povetkin. He hadn’t suffered a loss since December 12, 2015.