WBC Confirms Wilder v Fury Winner must Face Dillian Whyte
Well it seems that heavyweight contender Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (27-1, 18 KO’s) will finally get his shot at the WBC heavyweight title…maybe. First, Whyte must get past the challenge of Alexander “Russian Vityaz” Povetkin (35-2-1, 24 KO’s) on August 22.
Provided that he is victorious over Povetkin, the WBC sanctioning body has mandated that the winner of the WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s) versus Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO’s) dust-up must fight Whyte in their next prizefight.
The Wilder and Fury camps have yet to announce an official fight date. However, it’s believed that they will mix it up before the end of 2020.
LONG TIME COMING
This news should be somewhat comforting to Dillian Whyte, who has been clamoring for a showdown with Wilder for years. The Body Snatcher, his team and fans have famously started an unofficial campaign complaining about how much time had elapsed without receiving his shot.
The only trouble with this talking point was Whyte began demanding a fight with Wilder long before he was officially named the mandatory challenger by the WBC. So despite him saying that he has been waiting a number of years for his shot, The Body Snatcher was only formally classified as the mandatory challenger following his July 20, 2019 victory over Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (26-1, 18 KO’s).
Now, with this new announcement, Whyte is finally just one more hurdle away from getting the title opportunity. Will Povetkin prove to be the perfect stumbling block? Guess we’ll all have to tune in to find out!
By: Bakari Simpson