What Won’t Interim Champion Dillian Whyte Do?
Since 2017, Dillian Whyte has made it clear that he deserves a WBC Heavyweight Title opportunity. Now that he is extremely close to getting what he wants, Whyte believes there is no way he is letting it pass by him.
Recently, the WBC stated in a ruling that Whyte (27-1) would get an immediate shot at whoever the WBC Heavyweight Champion is after the trilogy bout between Deontay Wilder and champion Tyson Fury. That is expected to take place in December. If Fury were to win, he has agreed in principle to face Anthony Joshua in 2021. Speaking with The Telegraph, Whyte (27-1) discussed the idea of him stepping aside in order for the Wilder-Fury winner to face Joshua right away.
“Nah, there’s to be no step-aside,” Whyte stated, via Yahoo Sports. “I’ve waited long enough. I’m not getting any younger, I’m getting older. I just want to be world champion and reign and unify. So the sooner I can get the world title the sooner I can go about that. So, no I’m not looking to step aside at all.”
The WBC has until February 2021 to give Whyte his shot at the title. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and Wilder’s biceps surgery, things can change. The WBC stated that if Wilder wasn’t able to go for the trilogy bout, Whyte could very well take his spot. This comes after Whyte himself offered to replace Wilder. He has the confidence to take down Fury, as he said he did before in a sparring session.
Whyte is preparing to defend his interim title against Alexander Povetkin. Originally set to fight in May, the two will face off in the finale of “Matchroom Fight Camp” on August 22. If he were to win, the next few months of planning will be one to keep an eye on.
“He (Povetkin) knows if he beats me he gets a major pay day and a shot at another world title,” Whyte ended up saying. “I think this will probably be the best Povetkin we’ve seen. This is a major fight, no tune-up fight. And with victory, I’ll be pressing for that world title.”