What Will Dillian Whyte And Alexander Povetkin Be Fighting For?
In preparation for a future world title fight, Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin will be looking to add more gold to their collection when they face off on August 22.
World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman spoke during the WBC Convention about several topics. He discussed the interim WBC Heavyweight Title fight between champion Whyte and Povetkin. The fight will be taking place under Eddie Hearn’s “Matchroom Fight Camp” idea, which will be outside the former childhood home of Hearn. With the winner looking to fight for the WBC Heavyweight Title, Sulaiman will be adding another reward for the winner.
“The WBC Diamond belt is going to be awarded to the winner,” Sulaiman stated, via Boxing Scene. “This is the best fight since the pandemic. Dillian Whyte is the interim champion and mandatory contender. If he is victorious, he is going to fight the winner of Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder which is scheduled for December.”
Created in 2009, the Diamond Belt was first awarded to Manny Pacquiao. The title comes into play when awarding the winner of a historic fight. The title is not obligated to be defended.
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. The lone loss of his career came against Anthony Joshua. He recently made a significant move within his camp by parting ways with head trainer Mark Tibbs.
The number one contender in the WBC since 2017, Whyte, if he were to win in Essex, would face the winner of the trilogy fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. This is due to a ruling by the WBC. An original deadline for February 2021, Sulaiman stated that a fight may have to be at a later date. This is because Wilder-Fury III could take place in December.
“The mandatory defense will be ordered the day after the Wilder-Fury fight,” Sulaiman went on to say. “Of course, it’s impossible if the fight happens December 19 for the fight to take place in February 2021.”
“The date stated in February is not the set date. The winner of Wilder-Fury is committed to fight Whyte if he is victorious on August 22. A letter will go out one day after their fight—which we were told will be in December—for negotiations to begin.”
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.
Whyte has been interim WBC Heavyweight Champion since 2019. If Fury can get past both Wilder and Whyte and Joshua can get past Kubrat Pulev, both have agreed in principle to face off against one another in 2021.