WBC President in Favor of Deontay Wilder vs. Dillian Whyte: “This Could Be Potentially a Very Interesting Fight”

Published 03/19/2021, 11:00 AM EDT


The former WBC heavyweight champ, Deontay Wilder, has stayed out of action ever since he suffered a loss against Tyson Fury. He’s asked for a trilogy with ‘Gypsy King’ but the latter has moved ahead to compete for the undisputed heavyweight title against Anthony Joshua.

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Considering this, it seems Wilder will have to take on someone else in the line and make himself relevant for the title shot. In fact, the WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman even has an opponent in mind for the Alabama native, that is the Brit Dillian Whyte.

Speaking to Sky Sports on the same, Sulaiman said, “Yes, that could be a very interesting match-up.”

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“Unfortunately, we are not promoters, we are not match-makers, but this could be potentially a very interesting fight.”

We’ll see what happens on March 27. If Whyte wins, then he becomes the interim champion. He would be in a very privileged position and it’s just a good time for boxing.”

The ‘Body Snatcher’ is all set to rematch Alexander Povetkin on March 27. Whyte has an unfinished business with the Russian as he succumbed to a brutal KO loss in the first contest. Furthermore, the duo will battle each other out for the interim WBC heavyweight strap.

That said, a winner among the two set himself up for a title shot. But with the WBC President’s comments, it seems Wilder might get his hands on Whyte if the latter wins against the ‘Russian Vityaz’.

If Deontay Wilder and Dillian Whyte hypothetically face each other, then it’ll unquestionably be in an eliminator fight.

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Is Deontay Wilder a relevant opponent for Dillian Whyte at this stage?

For a long time, Whyte has shown his eagerness to fight for the heavyweight world title. In fact, after a loss to Alexander Povetkin, the only bout he rooted for was a rematch with the Russian.

‘Body Snatcher’ is aware of the timing and the importance of the March 27 bout. He knows that one win could be all it takes between him and a contract for potentially all the heavyweight titles courtesy of his WBC mandatory status.

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However, if he gets past Povetkin on March 27, it won’t really be fair for him to face yet another challenge before a title shot. Wilder will not be a tune-up fight as the former champion is hungry to reclaim his throne. If Whyte confronts him and ends up on the losing vertical, then his title shot aspirations may be far-fetched again.

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What do you draw off Mauricio Sulaiman’s comments? Should the winner of Whyte vs Povetkin directly get a title shot or face Deontay Wilder?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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