Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

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.

dillian-whyte_9

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:

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (122)
Top Headlines Canelo Alvarez Receives Medical Clearance For December Fight Crolla: If I Win, A Good Chance The Lomachenko Fights Happens Bellew: If I Don't Stop After This, My Wife Will Divorce Me! Espinoza: Showtime Not Going Anywhere; Spending More $$$ In 2019 Salvador Briseno Inks Promotional With All Star Boxing News: Zuhayr Al-Qahtani, Ward, McCullough, Doyle, Egbunike Tony Bellew: Usyk is a Monster – But I Can Knock Him Out! Joshua's Promoter: The Sole Focus, 100%, is Wilder Fight in April Usyk-Bellew Card: Cordina-Cardle, Crolla-Yordan, Walsh-Lowe II Photos: Tony Bellew, Oleksandr Usyk - Face To Face at Presser Groves: We Are Supremely Confident of Beating Callum Smith Tony Bellew: I'm Not Scared Of Usyk's 'Crazy Ukrainian Look' Hearn: Joshua Had Horrific Camp, Flu Before Fighting Povetkin WBC Prez: Canelo vs. Charlo Status To Be Clarified at Convention Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin: Afterthoughts Nietes' Trainer: No Palicte Rematch, We Want The Best at 115 McCallum Turns To Former Foe in Bid To Make Improvements Hearn Warns Warren: Fury Will Never Get 50-50 Split For Joshua Kosei Tanaka Beats Sho Kimura in Absolute War For WBO Title Anthony Joshua Smiles: This Payday is Deontay Wilder's Legacy! Zakaria Attou Stripped of EBU Belt, Milas vs. Tintor on Oct. 6 Labour MP Believes Boxing Can Help Knockout Knife Crime Joshua, Wilder, Fury Comprise Boxing's Ultimate Reality Show Eleider Alvarez Felt Golovkin Won, Vows To Beat Down Kovalev Jean Pascal vs. Gary Kopas at Cruiserweight on November 9 Oquendo: WBA Should Do The Right Thing, Crown Me Champion WBC Prez is Proud of Povetkin's Performance With Joshua Linares Finds New Hunger at 140, Still Eyes Mikey Garcia, Loma Oscar Valdez To Start Training Camp With Reynoso on October 1 Anthony Joshua: I'll Fight Wilder Even If He Loses To Tyson Fury Juanma: I Hope Gamboa Faces Me, Doesn't Run To Fight Loma Hearn: Wilder Must Agree Now, We Won't Wait Until Fury Fight! Joshua: Povetkin Strong, But Didn't Hurt Me In The First Round Photos: Luke Campbell Avenges Loss To Yvan Mendy Dillian Whyte To Anthony Joshua: I'm Here, Ready To Fight Next Photos: Sergey Kuzmin Stops Injured David Price in Four Joshua Wants Wilder-Fury Winner April 13 at Wembley Stadium Photos: Anthony Joshua Blasts Out Povetkin - MEGA Gallery Anthony Joshua: Fans Can Decide My April Foe! Photos: Lawrence Okolie Defeats Matty Askin in a Stinker
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement