Following a dramatic ending to “Matchroom Fight Camp”, the heavyweight division has been turned upside down. Now, some planned bouts will no longer be taking place while others are right open for the taking.
On August 22, Alexander Povetkin took out Dillian Whyte in the fifth round to win the interim WBC Heavyweight Title. As a result, Whyte’s (27-2) status as number one contender, a title he has held since 2017, was gone. It doesn’t mean that he won’t get a chance to reclaim his title, however.
“We have a rematch clause,” Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn stated after the fight. “That was the first thing that Dillian said when he came out, ‘Get me that rematch, get me that rematch.’ It was a heavy knockdown, he’s going to have to take his rest. Povetkin is the mandatory now but he won’t be called.
“The only person to get called to negotiate with the winner of Fury vs. Wilder was Dillian Whyte. So we will exercise that rematch clause and we will look to make that happen before the end of the year.”
During the fight, Whyte knocked Povetkin (36-2-1) down twice in the fourth round. It almost seemed like the now-leaner fighter was going to pull off the win. Povetkin, however, dug deep and landed two huge lefts that put “The Body Snatcher” down to the floor. A dazed Whyte’s eleven-fight win streak ended, and he would ask Hearn for a rematch.
“Can we get the rematch in December? I’m good, I’m good. It’s just one of those things where it just landed didn’t it,” Whyte stated. I was bossing it. It is what it is. Rematch. It’s cool, it’s all good. That’s what boxing is about. Cheers Eddie.”
The WBC made an order that if Whyte was to win, the winner of the trilogy fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury would have to face him. Whyte had a deadline of February 2021. President Mauricio Sulaiman has since stated that Povetkin would not take Whyte’s mandatory shot. The two could rematch by December.
Now that Whyte and Povetkin are preoccupied with one another, the trio of Anthony Joshua, Fury, and Wilder can continue their journey to undisputed. If Fury can beat Wilder again, and Joshua can beat Kubrat Pulev, the two have agreed in principle to face off against one another in 2021.