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Boxing: Dillian Whyte Challenges Alexander Povetkin


Boxing: Dillian Whyte Challenges Alexander Povetkin


British heavyweight boxer Dillian Whyte prefers to clash with Alexander Povetkin rather than waiting for a duel against Deontay Wilder that is not clear. According to Whyte, against Povetkin is the preferred choice in April 2020.

Whyte will hold talks with his promoter, Eddie Hearn, next week to discuss battle plans after he reap victory over Mariusz Wach in the additional rematch party Andy Ruiz Jr vs. Anthony Joshua in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, end of December 2019.

Whyte had been told by the World Boxing Council (WBC) that he would not get a mandatory duel to get the WBC title until February 2021. 

However, the 31-year-old boxer was determined to risk his ambitions for a world title. The duel against Povektin topped the list, also including Ruiz Jr. and Otto Wallin.

Asked about Hearn’s plans for his future, Whyte told Sky Sports: ‘In an interview, he mentioned April 18, so I guess that’s the date.’

‘Maybe in London or Manchester, something like that. The O2 Arena is widely booked, so it’s London or Manchester. Those are two good places. Manchester Arena is also good.’

Povetkin only lost to Wladimir Klitschko and Joshua, while Whyte worked hard to draw against Michael Hunter in December 2019.

‘If Povetkin wants it, he can get it,’ Whyte said. ‘This will be a great battle, because he is not a mover and I am too. He is a fighter who pushes forward, and so am I.’

‘We will fight each other. Povetkin came to fight right? He didn’t come to screw up. Just like me, so let’s make it. Let’s see who is left with the best left hook.’

Whyte was frustrated chasing Wilder for the fight for the WBC heavyweight belt. Moreover, Wilder will fight Tyson Fury in a duel on February 22, 2020. The British man will not delay his career to wait for the winner of Wilder vs Fury.

‘I have a meeting with Eddie on Tuesday, so we’ll see, because there are a lot of battles going on and lots of things,’ said Whyte, who is targeting a maximum of three matches by 2020.

‘We have to pay attention to the date, time and so on, so I need to talk to Hearn to get a complete picture of the plan. We will meet and see what the plans are and then we will make a decision. I will not wait for 800 more days (for Wilder). What for?’

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