It has been rumoured for many years that Dillian Whyte and Deontay Wilder could square off, and the latest reports have indicated that a fight between the two heavyweights could be closer than ever before. Whyte is looking for a new fight after losing his mandatory to Alexander Povetkin.
The delay on their re-match has left the British fighter chomping at the bit to get back into the ring, and there is reportedly a five-man shortlist of routes that Whyte could take. One of those routes includes a massive showdown with previously undefeated boxer Deontay Wilder.
Boxing News: Whyte Calls Out Wilder
The delay on the Povetkin fight, which Whyte lost by TKO means that a number of different other routes are being assessed. A fight with Wilder has been an option that Whyte has been open to for a number of years, and has expressed on multiple occasions that the fight needs to happen. He went a step further this week by stating that he would ‘smash’ his opponents face.
The rivalry between the two stems back from Whyte’s mandatory claim. Whyte was mandatory for the WBC title, which was held by Wilder for a number of years but the American fighter never agreed to take on his British opponent. Instead, the American opted for a fight against Tyson Fury, which now looks set for a trilogy fight should Wilder get his way after the Brit inflicted a first professional defeat on the American.
Boxing News: Wilder Wants Whyte Fight
The big difference now is that Wilder seems open to the fight that he once tried to sidestep. That would indicate that negotiations could be much more straightforward than many would have believed. However, there are still two big stumbling blocks. The first of which is that Eddie Hearn is keen for Whyte to remain fresh ahead of a re-match with Povetkin, which could mean any fight with Wilder may have to wait.
That could suit Wilder, as he may look to ensure that his third fight with Fury happens before taking on Whyte. However, fight fans would be likely happy to see Wilder take on Whyte, as long as that means that Fury against Joshua takes place for the unification of the heavyweight division before that fight. However, either way, 2021 is already looking like an exciting year for boxing fans around the world.