Dillian Whyte on mandatory position “I’ve waited long enough”
Former WBC Silver Heavyweight titlist Dillian “The Snatcher Body” Whyte (27-2, 18ko) wants the organization to give him the mandatory position, providing a victory over current interim titlist Alexander Povetkin (36-2-1, 25ko).
The WBC has been treating Whyte like a stepchild when it comes to this mandatory position since 2017. He won the silver title and a piece of the mandatory position by defeating Robert Helenius in October 2017.
THE UPS AND DOWNS OF THE MANDATORY POSITION
However, in a strange twist, the WBC proclaimed Dominic Breazeale against Eric Molina as a mandatory fight in November 2017. This caused major confusion as Breazeale challenged then WBC champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder for the championship.
Whyte had to wait two years before this fiasco would get settled. The WBC ordered the Silver titlist to face tough undefeated fighter Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas in July 2019. The Body Snatcher walked away with the victory and the WBC Interim title in the final eliminator.
The Body Snatcher was ready to challenge for the championship opportunity that had been eluding him. However, the dream came crashing down when word of a failed drug test with the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) surfaced.
The WBC organization suspended Whyte pending an investigation, and they gave the mandatory spot to Tyson “the Gypsy King” Fury. After six long months, the organization cleared Whyte of any wrongdoing and reinstated him as the interim champion in December 2019.
THE RUG SNATCHED FROM UNDERNEATH AGAIN
Heading into 2020, once again Whyte was ready to rumble for the championship. However, as Murphy’s Law states, “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.” That is exactly what happened when Wilder was defeated in a rematch against Fury in February 2020.
Whyte would get pushed to the back burner again, with a rematch clause in place for Wilder vs Fury II and the COVID-19 pandemic locking everything down. He became heavily frustrated and was forced to take legal action against the WBC when Top Rank head honcho Bob Arum was looking to petition the organization to delay the mandatory defense.
This circus was getting out of control and only got crazier as time went on. While waiting on the results of the pending lawsuit, Whyte got brutally knocked out by former title contender Alexander Povetkin on August 2020.
The former interim titlist always seems to get within the smelling range of the title. However, he never gets an opportunity to fight for it. He is now looking to reclaim everything in the upcoming rematch set for March 27, 2021.
During a conference call, Whyte was very candid when asked, if he is victorious, will the WBC recognize his mandatory position.
“They better fucking acknowledge it, I’ve waited long enough. The mandatory situation is still going on. Me and Povetkin are in contract. The mandatory position is just on hold at the minute. The winner of this fight should be mandatory and in-line for a title shot next.”
By: Garrisson Bland