Dillian Whyte has tabbed Alexander Povetkin as the preferred option for a planned return in the month of April.
Both Whyte and Povetkin were in action during last month’s card in Saudi Arabia, which was headlined by the heavyweight rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz.
Whyte won a tough ten-round decision over Polish giant Mariusz Wach, while Povetkin fought Michael Hunter to a highly competitive draw.
Whyte currently holds the WBC’s interim-world title. Full champion Deontay Wilder, who faces Tyson Fury on February 22, is not obligated to face him until February 2021. Whyte has no intention of waiting around for Wilder.
Next week, the British heavyweight will sit down with promoter Eddie Hearn to discuss the available options.
“Hearn mentioned April 18 in an interview, so I guess that’s the date. Probably in London or Manchester, something like that. The O2 gets booked up a lot, so either London or Manchester. They are two good venues and it would be good to move to a different part of the country sometime as well. Manchester Arena would be good,” Whyte said to Sky Sports.
“If [Povetkin] wants it, he can get it. It’s going to be a tear-up because he is not really a mover and I’m not really a mover, so he’s a come-forward fighter and I come forward. We’re going to have a scrap. Povetkin comes to fight, doesn’t he? He doesn’t come to mess about. I’m the same, so let’s get it. Let’s see who has got the best left hook around.