British heavyweight Dillian Whyte looks set to snub a fight with Kubrat Pulev in favor of an alternative encounter in the summer.
Reports by ESPN of a WBC eliminator with Luis Ortiz on July 28 have now been joined late in the day by a potential clash with Joseph Parker.
Despite participating in a purse bid with the IBF to face Pulev in a final eliminator for the number one spot with the organization, promoter Eddie Hearn is set to turn his back on Whyte earning less than £300k for a fight in the Bulgarian’s backyard.
This brings Ortiz into play as the World Boxing Council announced the pair could participate in a second eliminator to face the winner of the Deontay Wilder v Dominic Breazeale title bout.
Parker, who last fought against Whyte’s stablemate Anthony Joshua, is also rumored to be in the frame to be confirmed at a press conference announcement on Thursday in London – depending on which news source you believe.
One thing that is for certain is more will be revealed on the future of Whyte imminently as ‘The Bodysnatcher’ edges closer to a world title shot against either Wilder or Joshua.
Ortiz may be the more attractive of the two with a path already marked out with the WBC, although a Joshua v Alexander Povetkin clash could open up a route with the WBO for Whyte v Parker.
With Ortiz losing to Wilder in his last bout and Parker doing likewise with Joshua, either test will be a solid one to gauge how far Whyte has come since facing Joshua the first time in 2015.
More will be revealed on Thursday, with the potential for Whyte appearing on Pay-Per-View looking increasingly likely.