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Dillian Whyte vs. Michael Grant Set For August 19, Says Hearn

By Keith Idec

Dillian Whyte wasn’t expected to face an imposing opponent August 19.

But his promoter’s pick for his opponent is egregious even for a scheduled eight-round, non-televised, tune-up fight. Eddie Hearn told iFL TV during an interview posted Tuesday on YouTube.com that Whyte will face long-faded former heavyweight contender Michael Grant on the Terence Crawford-Julius Indongo undercard next month at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Grant (48-7, 36 KOs) will turn 45 on August 4 and has boxed just once since October 2014. That ill-advised appearance resulted in Grant getting dropped three times on his way to a second-round knockout defeat to Poland’s Krzysztof Zimnoch (22-1-1, 15 KOs) on April 22 in Legionowo, Poland.

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The Jamaican-born, London-based Whyte is 29 and has lost only to IBF/IBO/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs), who stopped Whyte in the seventh round of their December 2015 fight at 02 Arena in London.

The Whyte-Grant fight is pending approval by the Nebraska Athletic Commission.

In his previous two fights, the 6-feet-7, 264-pound Grant got stopped following the fifth round against Manuel Charr in October 2014 and lost by eighth-round technical knockout to Carlos Takam in May 2013. Grant has fought in just those three aforementioned fights since he defeated Frans Botha by 12th-round knockout in November 2011.

Whyte will fight for the first time since edging Dereck Chisora (26-7, 18 KOs) by split decision in a “Fight of the Year” candidate December 10 at 02 Arena.

Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. is the promoter of the Crawford-Indongo card, but Hearn has control of Whyte’s opponent because Matchroom Sport, the company Hearn runs, is paying the purses for that fight. Hearn is Indongo’s co-promoter and wants Whyte (20-1, 15 KOs) to get exposure in the United States as he pursues a fight against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs).

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joe strong on 07-27-2017

[QUOTE=joseph5620;17894558]People are familiar with Grant having no business getting in a boxing ring at this stage. There is no justification for this fight and people trying to do that look silly. Grant doesn't prepare him for Wilder at all.[/QUOTE] Aging…

Comment by mmakilla on 07-27-2017

[QUOTE=Deus;17894664]They were always trying to line up Wilder for later in the year (after this 8 round tuneup).[/QUOTE] that fat bum is out of shape and lost to chisora! he cant line up jack crap! he can only run his…

Comment by Deus on 07-27-2017

[QUOTE=mmakilla;17894660]i know but im not shocked at all... because 6 months ago on ifl tv hearn said whyte is going to america to fight in a 8 rounder lol... then 2 weeks later they starting talking crap about wilder to…

Comment by mmakilla on 07-27-2017

[QUOTE=joseph5620;17894532]This is even worse than any of those fights you mentioned. Far worse.[/QUOTE] i know but im not shocked at all... because 6 months ago on ifl tv hearn said whyte is going to america to fight in a 8…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 07-27-2017

[QUOTE=joseph5620;17894565]I think you're more brain damaged than any former boxer.[/QUOTE] Thats the problem you dont think . :doh:

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