Dillian Whyte next fight: Heavyweight to return on July 13 in London, four possible opponents named

5 Mar

Dillian Whyte will have his next fight on July 13 in London, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

The Brixton heavyweight recently rejected multiple offers to challenge Anthony Joshua for three world heavyweight titles as he felt the numbers presented did not meet his value.

Dillian Whyte wants to face another big name

He has since been ordered to face Dominic Breazeale in a WBC ‘interim’ title fight which would determine Deontay Wilder’s next mandatory, though now it seems Wilder might just fight Breazeale straight away instead.

“Dillian will be fighting July 13,” Hearn told IFLTV, “[That] is our date that we’re pencilling in right now in London.

“Hopefully it’s against Breazeale. If [Wilder fights Breazeale] we’re saying Dillian Whyte should be the mandatory.

“Then he can actually have a fight on July 13 and wait for the winner of Wilder against Breazeale.”

Dominic Breazeale was originally the WBC mandatory challenger

In 2018, Whyte won three bouts against fellow contenders Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker and Dereck Chisora.

With an immediate title fight not happening, the Brixton man must again face one of the top rivals in his division without a major belt at stake.

Regarding who his opponent could be, Whyte added: “I don’t care, I’ll fight anyone. I’ve fought everyone, I’m willing to fight anyone, I don’t give a f***.

“[Dominic] Breazeale, [Alexander] Povetkin, [Manuel] Charr, or [Luis] Ortiz is a possibility also.”

You can watch the full IFLTV interviews with Eddie Hearn and Dillian Whyte below

Eddie Hearn planning Oleksandr Usyk vs Alexander Povetkin for Ukrainian champion’s heavyweight debut

17 Feb

Eddie Hearn has declared that he is currently working on a sumptuous heavyweight debut fight for Oleksandr Usyk against Alexander Povetkin.

The masterful Ukrainian cruiserweight cemented his dominance in boxing’s second-biggest weight class in 2018 by winning every title the division had on offer.

Oleksandr Usyk achieved a rare feat in winning all four of the major cruiserweight world titles

Usyk became the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO undisputed world champion last year, and is now seemingly seeking new challenges in 2019.

Speaking to ESPN, Hearn revealed that plans are being put in place for the 32-year-old to fight Russian heavyweight Povetkin, potentially on May 18 in Chicago, USA.

The British promoter inked a co-promotional deal with Oleksandr Usyk before his UK bout against Tony Bellew and is now looking to build a profile for him in America.

Alexander Povetkin troubled Anthony Joshua early on, but was ultimately knocked out in the seventh

While it is not yet finalised, it seems evermore likely that Usyk will move up to heavyweight next with Alexander Povetkin the proposed opponent.

Povetkin may not be the biggest possible foe in terms of sheer heavyweight size, but he is absolutely no pushover for a debut fight in the division.

The 39-year-old Russian has only been beaten twice in his 36-fight career – to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013 and Anthony Joshua last September.

Boxing news: Dillian Whyte delivers ruthless verdicts on five top heavyweights, including Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury

3 Jan

Dillian Whyte has shared his thoughts on five of his top heavyweight rivals, and in typical Whyte fashion, his responses were absolutely brutal.

Following his knockout victory over Dereck Chisora, the contender – who is verging on a world title shot – took time out to speak to Sky Sports and analyse the other names in his division.

Dillian Whyte last fought Anthony Joshua in 2015

Whyte started with unified WBA, IBF and WBO champion Anthony Joshua who he has fought twice before – once winning in the amateurs and once losing in the professional ranks.

“It’s a good fight, a good champion,” Dillian told Sky, “I believe this time around I’ll knock him out, because I’ll take the fight to him.

“Last time I sat back and waited, I was trying to box, and trying to wait for him to get tired.

“This time I’ll take the fight to him and I know I’ve just got to hit him once. I proved that already on two separate occasions, and this time I’m in better shape, physically I’m stronger. More boxing IQ, better speed, everything.”

Deontay Wilder holds a heavyweight belt

His attention then turned to WBC ruler, Deontay Wilder.

“Let’s go, baby,” Whyte continued, referencing his famous call-out of the American in March.

“He’s got power, but a good boxer, a decent fighter, can see his punches coming ten miles away. He swings so wide, and he’s got no boxing skills, no boxing IQ whatsoever.”

Tyson Fury believes he did enough to beat Deontay Wilder when they fought on December 1

Regarding ‘lineal’ heavyweight king Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte stated: “Long and awkward, but he’s not very powerful, and he can get hurt, as he proves time and time again. In most of his fights, he gets put down.

“I definitely would knock Tyson Fury out. I can knock Tyson Fury out. There’s no doubt in my mind when it comes to knocking Tyson Fury out, none at all.”

Alexander Povetkin proved he is still a solid operator with his display against Joshua

Away from the top three, the ‘Body Snatcher’ gave his verdict on fellow contender Alexander Povetkin, who lost to Anthony Joshua last time out, but has vowed to fight on for one or two last big bouts.

“He’s a good fighter,” Dillian admitted, “But also he’s a coward as well, because he agreed to fight me at ringside after the David Price fight.

“Then he said no, I’m not going to fight, I will sit around and wait until I get the chance to fight Anthony Joshua.”

Jarrell Miller is yet to face fellow top class opposition

Finally, Dillian Whyte was quizzed on America’s unbeaten Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller.

Miller regularly weighs in at upwards of 300lbs, something Whyte is not a fan of.

“Miller is a big fat mess,” he declared, “I don’t understand how he can be supposedly a world level athlete and just come in the shape he does. He’s a mess. How can he be over 300lbs?”

Dillian Whyte called out by former Anthony Joshua opponent Alexander Povetkin for Wembley Stadium showdown

26 Dec

Anthony Joshua’s last opponent Alexander Povetkin has declared that he wants to face Dillian Whyte when he returns in April.

Having just lost what he expects to be his final title shot, the 39-year-old Russian previously stated he is planning to bow out of the sport with one or two more big bouts.

Alexander Povetkin proved he is still a solid operator with his display in the early rounds of his defeat to Anthony Joshua in September

His promoter, Andrey Ryabinsky, earlier revealed that he was in discussions with British fight-maker Eddie Hearn about potentially having Povetkin return on AJ’s next undercard, April 13 at Wembley.

Now, it seems these plans are progressing with manager Dmitry Ivanov reiterating that they are planning for their man to return on Joshua’s show.

Regarding a potential opponent, Povetkin told R Sport directly who he wants in the opposite corner: “Of course, I would like a fight with [Dillian] Whyte to take place.

“Let’s see how everything will turn out. Everything does not depend on me.”

Dillian Whyte flattened Dereck Chisora to round off a successful 2018 in which he had already beaten Lucas Browne and Joseph Parker

The Russian is correct to acknowledge that proceedings are out of his hands, as it could well transpire that Anthony Joshua fights Dillian Whyte himself on April 13.

AJ’s team are trying to negotiate a bout with Deontay Wilder, however the American seems fixated on a rematch with Tyson Fury, which puts Whyte in pole position to challenge Joshua next.

Ranking the top ten heavyweights in boxing after Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr, including Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte

3 Dec

Andy Ruiz Jr blew the heavyweight division wide open with his astonishing upset victory over Anthony Joshua on June 1.

The overlooked underdog climbed off the canvas and floored AJ four times before the referee called the contest’s conclusion and crowned Mexico’s first heavyweight champion.

Andy Ruiz Jr knocked Anthony Joshua out in the seventh round

Elsewhere, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder battled out a controversial draw last December.

As far as most observers (including us) could see, Fury defeated Wilder and should now be a two-time heavyweight world champion.

Instead, the three ‘wise’ men in control of the decision scored it 114:112 (Fury), 115:111 (Wilder) and 113:113 – resulting in a split draw which meant the champion retained his title.

Deontay Wilder obliterated Dominic Breazeale on May 18

Fury opted out of the immediate rematch – which is now agreed to take place early next year – and so Wilder has since returned with a stunning KO of Dominic Breazeale.

The ‘Gypsy King’ will instead return against the overmatched Tom Schwarz on June 15 in Las Vegas, could another monster shock be on the cards?

Scroll down to see our updated list of top ten heavyweight boxers in the world today…


10. Kubrat Pulev (27-1, 14 KOs)

Kubrat Pulev has defeated a number of notable heavyweights in his career and was only vanquished by Wladimir Klitschko in 2014. The Bulgarian became Andy Ruiz Jr’s next IBF mandatory challenger – although that won’t be called just yet – after defeating Hughie Fury in a final eliminator on October 27.

9. Adam Kownacki (19-0, 15 KOs)

Adam Kownacki is a rising Polish heavyweight who has built a decent record with wins over the likes of Gerald Washington, Charles Martin and Artur Szpilka. The 29-year-old is far from technically superb, but comes forward with an all-action, high-intensity, high-pressure style which makes for entertaining fights.

8. Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24 KOs)

Alexander Povetkin proved he is still a solid operator with his display in the early rounds of his defeat to Anthony Joshua in September. The Russian veteran gave AJ trouble, but was ultimately KO’d by the younger man. Despite being 39, he has vowed not to retire and will fight on in 2019.

7. Joseph Parker (25-2, 19 KOs)

Joseph Parker became WBO champion with a win over Andy Ruiz Jr in 2016, plus also picked up victories over Carlos Takam and Hughie Fury. However, the New Zealander then suffered back-to-back defeats to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, before starting his comeback with a victory against Alexander Flores on December 15.

6. Dillian Whyte (25-1, 18 KOs)

Dillian Whyte has built an impressive slate of heavyweight triumphs with names such as Joseph Parker, Lucas Browne, Robert Helenius and Dereck Chisora all on his record. He seems to be perennially on the verge of a world title opportunity, but must now overcome Oscar Rivas on July 20.

5. Luis Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs)

Luis Ortiz doesn’t quite have as strong a résumé as Dillian Whyte, yet the way he performed in his world title defeat to Deontay Wilder has established him as narrowly above the Brit in our rankings. The Cuban hasn’t looked fantastic of late, but also holds a good win over Bryant Jennings from 2015 and will rematch Wilder later this year.

4. Anthony Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs)

Anthony Joshua has suffered a dramatic fall from grace after being beaten up and knocked out by the previously unheralded Andy Ruiz Jr. However, he will likely get the oportunity to avenge this defeat and still boats an impressive record including wins over Whyte, Povetkin, Parker and most notably Wladimir Klitschko.
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3. Andy Ruiz Jr (33-1, 22 KOs)

Andy Ruiz Jr is now the unified heavyweight champion having put in a sensational showing to claim the scalp of Anthony Joshua. As a result, he’s rocketed up the rankings, however hasn’t jumped right to the job due to his otherwise lackluster résumé, which includes a defeat to Joseph Parker and is lacking in other notable victories.

2. Deontay Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs)

Deontay Wilder finally proved himself as an elite force at heavyweight by beating Luis Ortiz last year. While his technical ability can be questioned, his power certainly cannot. Nevertheless, he was fortunate to hold onto his WBC title against Fury and will need to defeat the Brit in a rematch to redeem his place above him.

1. Tyson Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs)

Tyson Fury had his troubles out of the ring which saw him drop from all rankings, however he’s now proved that he’s back at an elite level and so must reclaim his spot on the throne. Fury has a more comfortable win over a younger, more active version of Wladimir Klitschko than the one Anthony Joshua faced, and has now also beaten Deontay Wilder in our opinion.

Oleksandr Usyk next fight: Five potential heavyweight opponents to set Ukrainian up for Anthony Joshua showdown

12 Nov

Oleksandr Usyk’s win over Tony Bellew on Saturday night is expected to be the Ukrainian’s last fight at cruiserweight.

Despite not declaring any immediate decision on his future, the 31-year-old has now conquered everyone worth conquering at cruiserweight and stands alone as undisputed world champion.

Oleksandr Usyk holds the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO cruiserweight world titles
Anthony Joshua holds the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles

Usyk has long dreamed of an eventual move up to heavyweight and previously stated his ultimate goal is to beat Anthony Joshua and claim the throne in boxing’s glamour division.

However, the 6’3” monster would be comfortably outsized by the elite in his potential new weight class and so will undoubtedly need a couple of fights to acclimatise.

Here’s a look at five potential opponents for Oleksandr Usyk when he makes his heavyweight debut.

1. Carlos Takam

Carlos Takam would be an interesting introduction for Usyk at heavyweight. Despite standing only 6′ 1″ tall, the French-Cameroonian regularly weighs 40lbs/50lbs over the cruiserweight limit and has provided tests for multiple top heavyweights, including Anthony Joshua last year.

2. Joseph Parker

Joseph Parker is a former world champion who has now suffered back-to-back losses to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. At 6’4″ and 230lbs/240lbs, Parker is a very solid heavyweight who has already declared himself “keen” to face Usyk.

3. Alexander Povetkin

Alexander Povetkin has been a top class heavyweight for many years and recently vowed to have two final fights after suffering his first knockout defeat, to Anthony Joshua in September. At 6’2″ and 220lbs/230lbs, the Russian is far from the biggest heavyweight, but has one-punch power that could trouble any fighter on the planet.

4. Luis Ortiz

Luis Ortiz proved himself as one of the best in the division despite defeat against Deontay Wilder in March. The 6’4″, 240lbs Cuban is a technical specialist and would be a fascinating opponent for Usyk.

5. Dillian Whyte

Dillian Whyte will likely fight Anthony Joshua in April, but has already promised to “maul” Usyk if they meet. The Brit says he could use his size at 6’4″ and 250lbs/260lbs to simply bully the Ukrainian into submission.

Boxing news: Eddie Hearn in talks to sign two world class heavyweight contenders in Alexander Povetkin and Luis Ortiz

17 Oct

Eddie Hearn is in talks to work with two heavyweight monsters, Alexander Povetkin and Luis Ortiz.

The British promoter has already assembled a strong stable in boxing’s glamour division, including Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora, but is looking to continue to build on this position.

Behind the scenes, Eddie Hearn is looking to recruit Luis Ortiz and Alexander Povetkin

Reports have emerged in the past couple of days that two of the world’s top five heavyweights Povetkin and Ortiz, who both challenged for world titles earlier this year, are on the verge of agreeing to move forward with Hearn.

Alexander Povetkin’s promoter Andrey Ryabinsky hinted to RSport that the Russian planned to have two more bouts in partnership with Eddie Hearn before retiring.

The 39-year-old heavyweight then came out himself and told Vsenabox that he will likely feature on the undercard of Joshua’s next bout, April 13 at Wembley Stadium.

Povetkin fought AJ for the unified heavyweight titles in September and was stopped in the seventh round after giving the champion trouble early on.

Anthony Joshua beat Alexander Povetkin on September 22

Meanwhile Luis Ortiz’s manager Jay Jimenez has informed BoxingScene that they are currently also in talks to join up with Matchroom.

The Cuban, also 39, had two bland fights under Hearn during a previous deal in 2016, but could now be about to re-join as part of a new, three-fight agreement.

Ortiz challenged Deontay Wilder for his WBC belt in March and was knocked out in the tenth round of a rollercoaster bout.

Both Alexander Povetkin and Luis Ortiz are now entering the final stages of their careers, but both have recently proved they’ve got enough left to still provide entertaining fights.

Deontay Wilder overcame adversity to beat Luis Ortiz on March 3

Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin: £10million to be wagered on outcome of the fight

21 Sep

Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin is expected to rake in a staggering £10million in bets across the bookmaking industry.

The pair meet at Wembley on Saturday, live on talkSPORT, in what will be Joshua’s toughest fight since his famous victory over Wladimir Klitschko at the same venue.

£10million will be bet on Joshua’s upcoming fight

The IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion is widely expected to win convincingly, but Povetkin is an Olympic gold medallist, and Joshua has warned against underestimating the Russian.

He told talkSPORT: “He’s not a joke, he knows what he’s doing, he’s a game fighter.

“When you’ve got two men who are game, solid, they know their way around the ring – anything can happen in the heavyweight division.”

Nevertheless, Joshua is heavily favoured by the bookies, with William Hill placing him at 1/9 for the victory.

Povetkin will be a tough opponent

The 28-year-old, who went the distance for the first time in his last fight against Joseph Parker, is also 1/3 to win by knockout.

Joshua has faced criticism in some quarters for the nature of his victories over Carlos Takam and Parker, however he insists the win is all that matters on Saturday.

He added: “You can’t please everyone.

Joshua will defend his heavyweight titles on Saturday

“Instinct says I want a violent knockout, if I see someone laying there or on his feet half unconscious, I’m not going to tap him on the back and say ref sort him out, I’m going to give him a sweet left hook or a right hook.

“But at the same time if it’s not there, the more you look forward, the more you put yourself in danger.

“And in the history books, what will they say? ‘W’ next to Anthony Joshua. The win is all that matters.”


Anthony Joshua wary of ‘potential banana skin’ Alexander Povetkin ahead of toughest fight since Wladimir Klitschko

20 Sep

Anthony Joshua warns that Alexander Povetkin represents a ‘potential banana skin’ as he nears the latest defence of his world heavyweight titles at Wembley, live on talkSPORT.

Povetkin, like Joshua an Olympic gold medallist, will be the champion’s toughest fight since Wladimir Klitschko.

Joshua faces high expectations on Saturday

Joshua is returning for the first time to the scene of his finest hour as a professional – that dramatic 11th-round stoppage of Klitschko.

And the IBF, WBA and WBO champion, who is widely expected to overcome his latest challenger convincingly, insists Povetkin should not be overlooked.

He told talkSPORT: “It’s not a definite banana skin, it’s a potential one. He’s not a joke, he knows what he’s doing, he’s a game fighter.

Joshua is returning to Wembley

“When you’ve got two men who are game, solid, they know their way around the ring – anything can happen in the heavyweight division.”

Joshua, who was criticised for the nature of his victories over Carlos Takam and Joseph Parker, is wary of trying too hard to impress and leaving himself vulnerable.

He added: “You can’t please everyone.

“Instinct says I want a violent knockout, if I see someone laying there or on his feet half unconscious, I’m not going to tap him on the back and say ref sort him out, I’m going to give him a sweet left hook or a right hook.

“But at the same time if it’s not there, the more you look forward, the more you put yourself at danger. And in the history books, what will they say? ‘W’ next to Anthony Joshua. The win is all that matters.”

Boxing exclusive: Dillian Whyte backs rival Anthony Joshua to ‘destroy’ Alexander Povetkin

20 Sep

Dillian Whyte has said he expects Anthony Joshua to “destroy” Alexander Povetkin when they meet on September 22, live on talkSPORT.

The Brixton man, who himself suffered a KO defeat to Joshua in 2015, believes his former foe will finish the Russian mandatory challenger within six rounds.

Whyte squared off against Joshua in 2015

“I believe he destroys Povetkin to be honest,” Whyte told Jim White on talkSPORT.

“Povetkin has a puncher’s chance, but apart from that not much to be honest.

“I think right now Anthony Joshua’s far surpassed where Povetkin’s ever been.”

Anthony Joshua faces Alexander Povetkin on September 22, live on talkSPORT

Whyte himself stated he is hoping to secure rematches with both Joshua and Dereck Chisora in the coming months.

He went on to confirm that he doesn’t think an aging Povetkin can affect those future plans.

“At the age he is now, he’s 39, and the fights he’s had. It’s a young man’s game boxing and I think Anthony Joshua is mentally in a different place and he’s still evolving.

“I think Povetkin’s plateaued out now. I just think Joshua will be too hungry and too ferocious for him.

“I’m gonna have a bet in the first six rounds, I think Povetkin will walk onto punches.”

talkSPORT will bring you all the build up to Joshua v Povektin, action from the undercard, and live commentary of the main event with expert analysis live from Wembley