Here’s Why Deontay Wilder Should Root for Dillian Whyte Against Alexander Povetkin

Published 03/27/2021, 4:14 AM EDT


While the current heavyweight ride is full of exciting matchups, ex-WBC champion Deontay Wilder is nowhere close to relevance. However, if results go his way, things could change for him. Dillian Whyte will challenge Alexander Povetkin for the WBC Interim heavyweight title on March 27.

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Although Wilder and Whyte are known as bitter rivals, Whyte’s win over Povetkin can be a ticket for ‘The Bronze Bomber’ to regain his top spot.

Meanwhile, Wilder can also support Povetkin at this stage. The Russian is also a top-tier figure in the weight class and deserves to bag the bigger fights. However, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ would possibly benefit more if ‘The Body Snatcher’ departs with the win. Here’s why.

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Deontay Wilder and his lost WBC title

As per the ongoing scenario, WBC champion Tyson Fury will challenge Anthony Joshua for a heavyweight title unification matchup in the coming months. So, it puts Wilder away from the mix. However, he is a former champion and still has the right to opt for a title fight.

If Whyte regains his Interim strap from Povetkin, WBC might order a fight between him and Wilder. This may be a serious possibility, as Mauricio Sulaiman has revealed that Wilder vs Whyte will be a very interesting fight. Not only will it be an intriguing clash, but it will also be Wilder’s gateway to target the trilogy against Tyson Fury pending the outcome of his battles against ‘AJ’.

The road to relevance for Deontay Wilder

It’s been more than a year since Wilder has appeared in action. After losing his WBC crown to Tyson Fury in February, Wilder is still searching for a relevant contender to stage his return. That said, Dillian Whyte is one of the most alarming names in the heavyweight division.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth round during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

On bagging a win against him, Wilder can rightfully validate his spot in the title mix. Moreover, it will make him relevant once again to the boxing pundits, fans, and analysts. So, a fight against ‘The Body Snatcher’ can be the most lucrative option for Wilder, but only if the Brit surpasses Povetkin.

‘The Bronze Bomber’ vs ‘The Body Snatcher’- Fan favorite contest

Both Wilder and Whyte have reached the top-slot of the division without facing each other. Although they have called out the other on several occasions, those banters have never met fruition. So, a fight between them would allure the entire combat community.

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Putting two hard-hitting heavyweights against each other will also help to draft the future of the division. Furthermore, fans will see a heavyweight clash that can rival the Fury-Joshua collisions.

All these reasons could drive Deontay Wilder to root for Dillian Whyte. But if the Brit fails, Wilder will still have his chance of regaining relevance. However, he might have to dig deeper to find a big-name opponent.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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