Since the WBC announced him as the number one contender in the heavyweight division in 2017, it has been a wild ride for Dillian Whyte. His roller coaster run will look to finally pay off this Saturday, August 22, when he defends his WBC Heavyweight Title against Alexander Povetkin.
If he can win during the finale of “Matchroom Fight Camp”, Whyte will be one step closer to fight for the WBC Heavyweight Title. Given a deadline of February 2021, Whyte believes this is a long time coming.
“I blame Deontay Wilder because he is a f***ing coward,” Whyte would state to ESPN. “He has put the WBC in this situation. He was scared to fight me. I’m more heavy-handed than Fury and Wilder knows that.
“Let’s see what happens, it’s about time the WBC does right by me, I have been loyal to them. Boxing is always a business and negotiations are going on. I’m No 1, have been mandatory challenger since 2017 after I beat Robert Helenius. I deserve my chance. You wouldn’t see it in football or baseball where the top teams don’t play each other for three years — it makes no sense.”
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 in 2015. With 18 wins via knockout, Whyte recently made a significant move within his camp by parting ways with head trainer Mark Tibbs.
If he were to win in Essex, the WBC has ordered Whyte to face the winner of the trilogy fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. A rematch with Joshua could be on the horizon if he were to get the win.
Already forced to take about two years of his career away due to a failed drug test, Whyte’s dream of a world title almost came to an end. He was suspended of the interim title after a drug test came back with inconclusive results. While he was cleared and reinstated that time, he was unsure about his future in the sport.
“I was down and out, I nearly walked away from boxing, I gave up on boxing, but I went through with it and the whole thing cost me a fortune,” Whyte went on to say. “When everything was going on [with the positive drugs test] I was down and demotivated. Boxing is a hard game and it happens. Look at what happened to Tyson Fury after he beat Wladimir Klitschko, and Andy Ruiz when he beat Anthony Joshua for the world title [last year]. Ruiz won the world title and couldn’t keep discipline.
“Imagine being in my position, the opposite, with people saying your career is over and judging you, and writing you off. I was overweight and demotivated, I was on the opposite side to where Ruiz was, but I still got the job done.”
Whyte now faces a man in Povetkin (35-2-1) who is 1-1-1 in his last three fights. He last fought in December as well, fighting Michael Hunter to a split decision draw. The last win for Povetkin was against Hughie Fury for the vacant WBA International Heavyweight Title.
There is a chance that Wilder-Fury III does not take place on the planned September date. Whyte is not pleased with the idea, as he has been waiting for his chance to shine. Ready to risk it all again, Whyte wants to make sure everyone is doing what he believes is the right thing.
“It p***es me off but it’s business, always business in boxing,” Whyte stated. “The promoter’s job is to make money and chase the big fights. It’s Wilder and the WBC’s fault that we are in this situation. If they had forced him to fight me we wouldn’t be in this situation, it’s still a p*** take because I’m first in the [WBC] queue. It’s up to the WBC to do what’s right. I’ve been loyal so why don’t they force the champion?”
The finale of “Fight Camp” will begin at 2 p.m. ET this Saturday.