Boxing fans haven’t seen Deontay Wilder step inside the ring for nearly a year now, as he was last seen on the canvas after brutally being knocked out Tyson Fury in their heavyweight title re-match. Wilder is still keen to emphasis that he is scheduled for a re-match against the current champion.
But those negotiations have taken a back seat as Fury is targeting a unification bout with Anthony Joshua this year. It has been rumoured by Eddie Hearn that Wilder may instead look to face Dillian Whyte if he can’t get his title shot against Fury.
Boxing News: Grudge Fight Could Be Huge
A fight between the two heavyweights have been rumoured for a number of years, with Whyte having called for this fight as he was the mandatory challenger for the best part of two years. However, Wilder constantly knocked back the opportunity to face the Brit. His chance has changed remarkably over the past couple of weeks, as the re-match against Fury is looking more and more unlikely to happen.
That has led Hearn to believe that a grudge fight between the two could be agreed for some time this year. There would certainly be method in the madness if the fight was to happen, as Whyte and Wilder are probably the number three and four heavyweights in the world of boxing. A bout between the two would be the best way to determine the fighter that would be best placed to step up to the winner of the unification fight later in the year. However, Whyte still has work to do before any official announcement can be made on a fight with Wilder.
Boxing News: Whyte Rematch With Povetkin Announced
There was a curveball thrown into the heavyweight mix in August last year, as Whyte was stunningly beaten by Alexander Povetkin. The two heavyweights went blow for blow, but it was the Russian that was able to come out on top after he knocked out Whyte in the fifth round of their contest. Whyte immediately began pressing for a re-match to reclaim his mandatory tag, and that was due to take place in November.
However, that date was eventually cancelled after the Russian tested positive for COVID-19. Regardless, Whyte now has a clear date of when he will be going back to war with the Russian, and the huge fight will be taking place on the 6th March.