Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom has confirmed that Dillian Whyte has been ordered to fight Kubrat Pulev in a final heavyweight eliminator under the International Boxing Federation (IBF).
Whyte is already in the top rated position under the World Boxing Council, but the sanctioning body has yet to order him to fight current WBC world champion Deontay Wilder.
The IBF's champion is Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs), who also holds the IBO, WBA and WBO titles. This past weekend he defeat Joseph Parker to unify the four titles.
The fact that the IBF has ordered Whyte and Pulev to collide would indicate that Wilder may indeed face Dominic Breazeale, as BoxingScene.com reported earlier today. Breazeale was previously ordered to face Pulev in a final eliminator, and the fact Whyte was ordered in would indicate that Breazeale has declined the invitation to participate.
Pulev was scheduled to face Joshua last October, but withdrew with a should injury. He was replaced by Carlos Takam, who was stopped in the tenth round.
Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs) has been out of the ring since winning a twelve round decision over veteran Kevin Johnson last April. His sole career defeat came at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko in 2014. He's won five straight, including victories over Dereck Chisora and Sam Peter.
Whyte (23-1, 17 KOs) has won seven fights in a row since losing his only career bout, which was a seventh round stoppage at the hands of Joshua in December of 2015.
He was in action two weeks ago at the O2 Arena in London, and scored a brutal sixth round knockout victory over former WBA champion Lucas Browne.
Whyte was ringside last Saturday night in Cardiff, and watched Alexander Povetkin pull off a brutal knockout of his own over David Price. Povetkin is the WBA, WBO mandatory challenger. After that contest, Whyte called for a June fight with the Russian Olympian.