Dillian Whyte Embraces Pulev - But Still Wants Povetkin Clash

British heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte has issue with a potential IBF final eliminator against Kubrat Pulev.

Last week, the International Boxing Federation ordered Whyte and Pulev to face each other - with the winner landing a crack at current champion Anthony Joshua, who also holds the WBA, IBO, WBO world titles.

Whyte was in action last month, when he secured a brutal one-punch knockout over former WBA champion Lucas Browne.


However, Whyte is still the WBC's number one ranked contender to Deontay Wilder's world title.

The World Boxing Council has yet to order a mandatory clash between Whyte and Wilder.

The belief by Whyte's promoter Eddie Hearn, is that the WBC will order him to fight to take part in a final eliminator.

"Everything is up in air at the minute, because there's so much options and there's lots of things going on," Whyte told Sky Sports. "The options are Deontay Wilder, a rematch with Anthony Joshua, possibly fighting Kubrat Pulev for a final eliminator and then I become mandatory challenger for Joshua, or maybe a voluntary fight."

"The WBC want me to probably fight a final eliminator against someone, which we don't know yet. We're trying to get them to enforce the mandatory and the WBA has come out a few days ago and said they want me to fight for their regular WBA world title."

Pulev's promoter Nisse Sauerland confirmed that his boxer has already accepted the IBF eliminator with Whyte.

But Whyte would like a crack at Povetkin.

Povetkin is the WBA's mandatory challenger and Joshua has been ordered to face him - but Whyte doubts it happens.

"Povetkin stands no chance of enforcing that fight at this minute, so I do think he should let me and him fight in a final eliminator. I went after him and called him out straight away after his devastating knockout of David Price. I spoke to his promoter and I spoke to him.  He could understand me, I was making the hand gestures, and he said 'yes, yes, I'll fight you next,'" Whyte said.

"He's a good fighter, a former Olympic gold medallist, a former world champion. He's only lost to Wladimir Klitschko, so that's a very, very attractive fight. A very, very good fight. That fight will get the public's juices flowing and get everyone going crazy. Pulev is also a good fight as well, but if I had a chance I would pick Povetkin. But if Pulev wants it, he can have it."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by landotter on 04-09-2018

[QUOTE=DougalDylan;18654539]Whyte is fearless whatever else you say about him much better than than the rest of the "I'll only fight Joshua brigade". Having only one meal ticket is hurting the division.[/QUOTE] I do respect him. He is a fighter in…

Comment by landotter on 04-09-2018

[QUOTE=angkag;18654287]So, in summary, everyone waiting on the alphabet orgs to state what mandatories they will enforce before we see any movement. Primarily: 1) WBC to order Whyte's mandatory with Wilder - Hearn's belief that Whyte will be ordered to take…

Comment by Oshio on 04-09-2018

Dillian Whyte is a fighter, not a Lily-livered individual. He fights the best. His CV is more telling than that of some current champions

Comment by Jkp on 04-09-2018

[QUOTE=JakeTheBoxer;18655316]Reality is, Wilder is scared off this guy. he would get a career payday against Whyte, but he knows he can lose. AJ and Chisora are both much better than Wilder.[/QUOTE] Your comment is so ridiculous and stupid, it doesn't…

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 04-09-2018

[QUOTE=Jkp;18655289]No one wants him because he is garbage. He almost died fighting old man chisora, his greatest achievement i's getting flattened by AJ. Get off the hype train. Helenius fought him with 5 days training. And whyte still couldn't touch…

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