Dillian Whyte has waited years for a shot at the WBC world title, so why not wait a few more months?
Whyte was due to fight Alexander Povetkin in this WBC ‘interim’ heavyweight title fight in May before the coronavirus intervened, but now he gets his chance to set up a potential meeting with Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder with victory tonight at Eddie Hearn’s ‘Fight Camp’.
Quite when that fight would take place remains unclear given the state of the world and scheduling complications, but WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has said Whyte should fight the victor of Fury v Wilder 3 if he prevails tonight. So there is no shortage of incentive for ‘The Bodysnatcher’.
Povetkin is 40 and is at a significant physical disadvantage – almost two stone lighter than Whyte and a couple of inches shorter – but should not be underestimated. The only defeats in his career have come against Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua.
Speaking about Povetkin, Joshua said: “He’s good, a good fighter who hasn’t been on the losing end much so hasn’t got used to that feeling.
“He still has the hunger and will go in against Dillian thinking he can win. It will go to a points decision.”
Before Whyte and Povetkin, Katie Taylor faces Delfine Persoon in a world title rematch. Persoon took Taylor all the way in the first meeting in New York although Taylor won on points, with some pundits feeling the Irish fighter was guilty of sinking down to her opponent’s level. Taylor will be looking to avoid becoming embroiled in another brawl tonight and instead cement herself as a modern legend and the undisputed lightweight champion. Persoon is a 34-year-old policewoman from Belgium, and she relished coming within a whisker of silencing all those who gave her no chance before the first meeting. She will remain dangerous.