Hearn: Helenius win would put Whyte in prime position for Wilder

Joe Hewlett 16/10/2017

Dillian Whyte has been added onto the undercard of Anthony Joshua-Kubrat Pulev which takes place at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff commencing October 28.

After months of frustration in searching for a top ranked heavyweight, the Londoner has finally nailed down an opponent in Robert Helenius.

Neither are strangers to Derek Chisora, with both emerging victorious when facing the stubborn former British title holder. The pair will prepare to go to battle against each other, with the WBC silver title up for grabs.

A win for Whyte can give the Londoner an opportunity to finally close in on securing a maiden world title challenge he’s so desperately craved upon.

“This is a fight we have been working on for some time and I’m pleased to add it to the huge October 28 show in Cardiff,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

“I think we have made it very clear, we want to make Dillian vs. Deontay Wilder and this WBC Silver title will put us in prime position. Helenius is a giant of a man with plenty of experience and this is a tough test for Dillian, it’s going to be explosive.”

‘The Body Snatcher’ has been vocal in his hope of securing a world title fight with WBC champion Deontay Wilder. The 29-year-old expressed his desire to fight the American as a replacement for Luis Ortiz after the Cuban was tested positive for a banned substance.

However, a rematch with Bermane Stiverne will be Wilder’s next fight, on November 4 at the Barclays Center in New York.

A win for Whyte at the end of the month will put him in line to be the mandatory for the WBC strap and could line him up for a potential showdown with old foe Anthony Joshua next summer.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95