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Whyte: Povetkin is a Better Opponent Than Andy Ruiz!

Top heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte believes his next opponent is sure to become former world champion Alexander Povetkin.

Whyte's return is targeted for an April date in London, according to promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom.

Both Whyte and Povetkin were in action in separate fights back in December, as part of the undercard to the Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz rematch in Saudi Arabia.


Whyte won a tough ten round unanimous decision over veteran Mariusz Wach, while Povetkin fought to a tough draw with rising contender Michael Hunter.

Hearn had made a very lucrative offer to Andy Ruiz to get him in the ring with Whyte. Ruiz, who currently does not have a trainer after parting ways with Manny Robles, has other plans and appears to be heading to a return in the early summer.

Whyte is satisfied with Povetkin being the opponent, because he views him as a better choice than Ruiz - who didn't properly train for the rematch with Joshua and entered the ring in poor shape.

"It looks like it's going to be Povetkin," said Whyte to Sky Sports. "I think he's a better opponent than Andy Ruiz, because one thing about Povetkin, he will come in shape, and he will be motivated to fight.

"I just want to get a high-level guy to fight."

Whyte is the WBC's mandatory challenger to the world title. The winner of the upcoming rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, which takes place on February 22 at the MGM Grand in in Las Vegas, must face Whyte by February of 2021.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Laligalaliga on 02-14-2020

[QUOTE=Jkp;20382048]Beat him by head butt, while on peds with a dodgy ref and judges. And Whyte still almost died and ended the fight flat on his back seconds away from KO.[/QUOTE] Hez the first man to put parker down in…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 02-14-2020

[QUOTE=Robertthebruce;20381689] ducked AJ when he had a shot at 3 world titles last year and AJ previously knocked the bum out. The guy needs to rematch Parker as he was very very lucky there. Whyte seems to have a thing…

Comment by OnlytheTruth on 02-11-2020

Whyte is getting as bad as Wilder with these ridiculous statements. He’s been playing catch up ever since he got KO’d by Joshua. He plays the victim whilst happily producing terrible performances and raking in the cash. I know he…

Comment by Jkp on 02-11-2020

[QUOTE=rob g;20381669]I’m convinced Whyte doesn’t want to fight the best. He’ll get decent paydays even fighting journeymen. He seems to be totally ok with it and prefers it[/QUOTE] He gets destroyed by any top 10. He don't want to fight…

Comment by Mith87 on 02-11-2020

Whyte resume of beating Parker, Rivas and Chisora x2 is s stronger resume than Wilder's.

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