Eliminators, UK collisions and rematches: Ten possible opponents for Dillian Whyte’s summer return

WBN 24/05/2018
Dillian Whyte

Lawrence Lustig

Dillian Whyte has a plethora of options of the table as three governing bodies consider a future world title shot for the highly-ranked Londoner.

The World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation are all on board with handing Whyte a route to the top division championship.

As Whyte aims to build on an impressive stoppage of an out-of-sorts Lucas Browne in London, WBN breaks down the potential foes for a return to The O2 Arena in July or August.

Luis Ortiz

‘King Kong’ currently holds the number four spot in the WBC ratings, whilst Whyte is the Silver champion and top-rated contender, with President Mauricio Sulaiman recently stating the pair would be put forward for an eliminator to take the mandatory position. 

Whyte had been hoping for a straight shot at Deontay Wilder, although that opportunity was afforded to second place Dominic Breazeale.

Ortiz v Whyte is an option, but not thought to be top of the list at the moment.

Alexander Povetkin

The Russian is a solid contender to oppose Whyte after the pair agreed to meet on the back of an appearance on UK soil for Povetkin against David Price.

WBA and WBO number one Povetkin held talks regarding a mandatory clash with Anthony Joshua in September, although the unified king is eyeing an undisputed clash with Deontay Wilder – which would then push Whyte forward as the best alternative.

A London collision at The O2, potentially on Pay-Per-View in the late summer, may well be for an interim version of the WBA or WBO belt if Joshua v Wilder gets over the line.

As Whyte has headlined the 20,000 venue previously, the right of passage Hearn usually affords to those fighters is a spot on the paid format in the future.

Whyte v Povetkin would be the second choice from the ten listed.

Kubrat Pulev

Due to a recent delay in the purse bid, Whyte v Pulev for the IBF mandatory chance at Anthony Joshua would be the most likely scenario as things stand.

Pulev would be another opportunity for Hearn to bump Whyte to PPV on Sky Sports Box Office with a solid undercard.

Jarrell Miller

It’s no secret Hearn is grooming Miller for a title shot at Joshua stateside, but if a UK debut was on the cards in the coming months, Whyte would surely be high on the list for the Matchroom boss.

Joseph Parker

Both suffered losses at the hands of Joshua and pitting the two together would be an interesting match-up, although one that would be more likely to happen later in the year or in 2019.

Anthony Joshua II

Hearn is known to want Joshua v Whyte II to happen at some stage despite all the signs pointing to alternative foes.

Dereck Chisora II

‘Del Boy’ is back in the win column since losing to Whyte and Agit Kagbayel at the back end of 2016 and 2017 respectively and is actively seeking a big fight.

Advances from Joe Joyce were declined, although Chisora is said to be open to a return with Whyte after sharing ten entertaining rounds on the Joshua v Molina undercard.

Tony Bellew

Due to the lack of a world title, Bellew is not pursuing Whyte despite some bad blood between the pair in the past. Bellew instead wants a massive clash with Tyson Fury.

Carlos Takam

Facing a recent Joshua opponent makes sense for Whyte and the Cameroonian is a solid alternative stop-gap opponent for the ‘Bodysnatcher’ to consider.

Hughie Fury

Facing the New British champion would be an interesting option for Whyte to engage in another all-British affair.

An announcement is due to be made by the end of the month due to the IBF purse bid delay.