Will Dillian Whyte’s Next Fight Take Place in the United States?
Revenge is sweet! That’s what heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) with his fourth round TKO win during his rematch against Alexander Povetkin in Gibraltar. Along with gaining vengeance, Whyte regained his position as a mandatory heavyweight challenger by the WBC.
Following such an emphatic win, the question now becomes, “what’s next for the big man from the Brixton section of London, England?”
After the win, Whyte was asked how long he’s willing to wait for a title shot. Speaking to Sky Sports, the 32 year-old said he’s ready now. In his mind, lesser fighters have gained their chance. His time is now.
“I’m not prepared to wait. I’ve waited long enough. There’s no reason I should wait anymore. Why should I wait anymore? Look at [Eric] Molina, he’s had two world title shots. Dominic Breazeale, he’s had two or three. All these guys, they’re nobodies compared to me!
“I was number one and mandatory, and they gave the world title fight to Dominic Breazeale who ranked either No. 3 or No. 5. It’s crazy!”
Before his upset KO loss to Povetkin in the first bout, Whyte was the #1 ranked contender for two years, but was unable to land a title shot. So, his impatience is understandable.
WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is deep in negotiations to face unified champion Anthony Joshua. Therefore, Whyte will have to wait again for a title shout with the WBC. Tongue in cheek, he told Sky Sports he’s willing to do drastic measures to get what’s his.
“I’ll just break Joshua’s leg so he can’t make the fight, then I’ll just stand in and fight Fury.”
COMING TO AMERICA?
He understands the reality. A showdown against the winner of Joshua vs Fury is not happening next. However, he still wants to stay active. Alternative plans must take place. Promoter Eddie Hearn would love to pit his charge with any top 15 heavyweight. The big man from Brixton has one fighter in mind as he explained during subsequent interviews with the UK media.
“I’d love to fight Trevor Bryan for the WBA world title. That’s the same belt David Haye and lots of other champions held. So, I’d love to fight him for that. It would be a great opportunity.”
Bryan is the WBA ‘regular’ world heavyweight champion. Whyte mentioned he would like to fight him in the United States. Having fought Malcolm Tann in Nebraska in 2017, the Londoner has at least experienced one fight on US soil. Given his circumstances, there are not a great number of options.
Many fans will look at a Bryan vs Whyte fight and scoff. But Whyte needs to keep the momentum going in case he finally wants to get his crack at the big fight he truly wants. Stay tuned to 3KingsBoxing for further updates.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.