By Charles Brun: WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian ‘The Physique Snatcher’ Whyte referred to as on Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr on Thursday, saying he needs to struggle both of them subsequent. On the similar time, he waits for the smoke to clear from the 2 Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury fights.
It’s going to be some time earlier than Whyte, 32, can struggle for a world title towards the winner of the Joshua – Fury fights. We’re in all probability trying on the second half of 2022 earlier than Whyte will get his title shot, however even then, it’s exhausting to say if it’ll be towards Joshua or Fury.
With Matchroom Boxing’s contract with Sky ending in July, Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) says he’s a promotional and network-free agent and capable of go anyplace. He’s taking a look at varied gives which might be coming in for the place he’ll be preventing subsequent.
Whyte says he’s been Matchroom for 5 years, they usually’ve nonetheless not set him up for a world title shot in all that point.
After all, Whyte didn’t assist his scenario in any respect together with his fifth-round knockout loss to Alexander Povetkin in August of final 12 months.
Though Whyte avenged the defeat by stopping Povetkin within the fourth spherical on March twenty seventh in Gibraltar, he’d already blown his probability for a world title shot towards WBC champion Tyson Fury by shedding to the Russian fighter final 12 months.
In addition to desirous to struggle Wilder or Ruiz Jr subsequent, Whyte says he’s open to dealing with the lately crushed Chris ‘The Nightmare’ Arreola. Whyte noticed Chris’s struggle towards Ruiz Jr on Might 1st, and he had Arreola successful the struggle by a 12 spherical break up choice.
Dillian doesn’t suppose Ruiz Jr will comply with struggle him as a result of he says his promoter Eddie Hearn already supplied him the identical amount of cash [$5 million] that he acquired to struggle Joshua, and he turned it down.
Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) hasn’t proven a lot curiosity in preventing Whyte both, and it’s not going he’ll comply with take that struggle. The man that Wilder might face subsequent is Ruiz if his group is keen to make the match.
Whyte appeared nice in his final struggle towards Povetkin, and he might have scared away the highest heavyweights with that efficiency. This wasn’t the identical Povetkin that had knocked Whyte out final 12 months in August, although.
Povetkin had a base case of COVID 19 that he handled throughout the winter, and he didn’t look bodily the identical within the rematch with Whyte as he did final 12 months.
If Whyte can’t get Ruiz or Wilder to comply with struggle him, these are good choices:
- Chris Arreola
- Otto Wallin
- Michael Hunter
- Filip Hrgovic
- Joe Joyce
- Daniel Dubois
- Joseph Parker
- Derek Chisora