What Is The Status Of The WBC Heavyweight Title?
Alexander Povetkin shook things up with his stunning win over Dillian Whyte.
On August 22, Povetkin collided with Whyte in the main event of Matchroom Boxing’s “Fight Camp.” Povetkin was dropped twice by Whyte but had the wherewithal to push forward and land a flush uppercut that sent Whyte to the canvas. Povetkin ended up capturing the interim WBC Heavyweight Championship for his efforts via fifth-round TKO.
While Whyte had a claim to meet the winner of WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III, many wondered if the same could be said for Povetkin now that he’s the interim titleholder. We now have that answer (h/t Boxing Scene).
“The WBC made all the provisions regarding the mandatory status of the heavyweight division with regards to Dillian Whyte,” Mauricio Sulaiman, longtime and recently re-elected president of the WBC stated. “We made it clear, and consistent with the WBC Board of Governors’ ruling at [the 2019] WBC Annual Convention, had Dillian Whyte won the fight on Saturday, the winner of the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder third fight would have to face him next.
“This [result] changes the scenario.”
Sulaiman went on to say that this is a situation that will be handled in due time.
“The result from [Saturday] night and having Povetkin as the new WBC interim champion will have the WBC address this matter.”
Whyte is hoping that he can get a rematch with Povetkin before 2020 comes to a close. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has revealed his plans to make that a reality. In fact, there is a rematch clause.