White Names Who He Wants Next
With a return planned for this April, WBC interim world heavyweight champion is looking at a former world title challenger to stand across from.
Following a win over Mariusz Wach on the Joshua-Ruiz Jr undercard in December, Whyte is looking for a fight against Alexander Povetkin, who last fought on the same card in a draw against Michael Hunter.
“[Eddie Hearn] mentioned April 18 on an interview, so I guess that’s the date. Probably in London or Manchester, something like that. The O2 gets booked up a lot, so either London or Manchester. They are two good venues and it would be good to move to a different part of the country sometime as well. Manchester Arena would be good,” Whyte said to Sky Sports.
“If [Povetkin] wants it, he can get it. It’s going to be a tear-up, because he is not really a mover and I’m not really a mover, so he’s a come forward fighter and I come forward. We’re going to have a scrap. Povetkin comes to fight doesn’t he. He doesn’t come to mess about. I’m the same, so let’s get it. Let’s see who has got the best left hook around.”
“We’ve got to be mindful of the date and timing and stuff, so I need to speak to him to get a full idea of [Hearn’s] plans,” Whyte continued. “We’ll meet and see what the plans are and then we’ll make a decision. I’m not going to wait another 800 days [for Wilder]. What for?”
Quotes transcribed by Boxing Scene