Dillian Whyte’s loss against Alexander Povetkin has removed probably the biggest hurdle that was standing in front of a possible unification fight in the heavyweight division.
“The Body Snatcher” was the mandatory challenger for the WBC belt for the last three years, but now since he lost the bout against the Russian, Whyte is no longer in line for the winner of Fury – Wilder 3.
The World Boxing Council had ordered the champion to face Whyte by February 2021, but this is no longer the case.
“We don’t speculate, but the time limitations which were put by the WBC board, which had Dillian Whyte won, the winner of the third Fury-Wilder fight has to fight without an intervening bout against Dillian Whyte. That now has changed. Dillian has lost, so there are no limitations at the moment for the winner of Fury-Wilder to do any fight whatsoever.”
As for the 40-year-old Povetkin, who won the Diamond and the Interim WBC belts, the sanctioning body says his opportunity to contend for the world title has yet to be determined, but it won’t be on the same timetable Whyte was promised.
There is a big chance that both Whyte and Povetkin will face each other again, but that will happen no earlier than December which means that if both Fury and Joshua defeat Deontay Wilder and Kubrat Pulev, we might have a unification bout coming our way somewhere around March or April of 2021.