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Whyte vs. Andy Ruiz in Serious Talks, But Povetkin is Frontrunner

Promoter Eddie Hearn is doing his best to secure the biggest opponent possible for top heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte.

A lucrative offer has been presented to former unified world champion Andy Ruiz, who last month was unseated when Anthony Joshua outboxed him over twelve rounds for a unanimous decision in Saudi Arabia.

But the fight with Ruiz is not likely to become the next assignment for Whyte - especially since Ruiz has not been in the gym and just parted ways with head trainer Manuel Robles on Wednesday.

"We're still in negotiations with Andy Ruiz," Hearn told Sky Sports. "That fight has more chance of happening in America. That could be the second fight of the year for Dillian Whyte, or the first one."


At the moment, former world champion Alexander Povetkin, who also fought on the Saudi card and went to a draw with hot contender Michael Hunter, is the main target.

"Right now, Povetkin is the frontrunner. We're looking at the end of April, or early May for the return of Dillian Whyte," Hearn said.

Whyte, who holds the WBC's interim title, has already agreed that he's fully on board to face either Povetkin or Ruiz.

He challenged Povetkin back in 2018, but the Russian boxer went forward with a mandatory fight against Anthony Joshua, who won that bout by knockout in seven.

If the contest goes forward in the coming months, Whyte expects a war with Povetkin.

"If he wants it, he can get it," Whyte told Sky Sports. "It's going to be a tear-up, because he is not really a mover and I'm not really a mover, so he's a come forward fighter and I come forward. We're going to have a scrap. Povetkin comes to fight doesn't he. He doesn't come to mess about. I'm the same, so let's get it."

The winner of next month's rematch, between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Tyson Fury, has until February 2021 to face Whyte.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by REDEEMER on 01-26-2020

[QUOTE=Zelda;20344787]I think you're just reading too much into it. I am NOT comparing the power of Foreman with Ortiz. And that is just an example. Neither Ortiz nor Povetkin, at this age, are in their prime. But, yes, Ortiz looks…

Comment by Oshio on 01-25-2020

[QUOTE=sammybee;20344390]Whyte should be fed with active boxers who are in their prime not those at the tail end of their careers.[/QUOTE] Whyte has fought better opponents than Wilder. The only credible opponent Wilder has fought is an unfit Fury and…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 01-25-2020

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;20345840]They wouldn't be able to sell the Hunter fight on PPV. It would be Whyte's worst numbers if they tried that. Povetkin is a name. Hunter isn't. Stands to reason i[B]f you're not biased[/B] and don't have an agenda.[/QUOTE]I guess…

Comment by Fire4231 on 01-25-2020

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;20345858]Still the same old reject, hey? Haha. They're sending the coward Wilder a 50/50 offer for after they've both fought their next opponent. The worthless madness you just wrote is nothing but poisonous and delusional madness that you can never…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 01-24-2020

[QUOTE=Jkp;20345991]Great to see you have recovered from the humiliation of AJ being beaten around the ring by the obese Mexican cruiserweight. Hope u enjoyed his awful scared performance in his last fight. Imagine how terrified he will be when he…

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