Whyte vs Povetkin on tap? Is Joshua vs Wilder next?Written by Leroy Cleveland
Is Anthony Joshua facing Deontay Wilder next after all?
According to UK Mirror, promoter Eddie Hearn has offered Alexander Povetkin a June showdown with Dillian Whyte.
If it's true, Hearn could be angling to have his fighter, WBA/WBO/IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, face WBC champ Deontay Wilder next.
Povetkin is the WBA and WBO's top contender while Whyte is the WBC's. Theoretically, Joshua should face Povetkin and Wilder should defend against Whyte.
But, apparently, Hearn is hoping to entice Povetkin and Whyte with enough money so they fight each other and, perhaps, clear the way for the massive Joshua vs Wilder showdown.
"He [Povetkin] will be the [WBA] mandatory for AJ. I’ve made him an offer to fight another fighter in June if he wants it - Dillian Whyte," Hearn stated via a Mirror UK article.
Whyte was at ringside and said: “I’ll fight him next. Let’s do it.”
One down, one to go
Since Whyte has already agreed, the onus is on Team Povetkin to confirm next steps. Hence, they could demand that AJ honors his obligation to face Alex or relinquish the title.
If Joshua dropped the WBA strap to fight Wilder next, it shouldn't impact interest in Joshua vs Wilder as we'd still have two unbeaten champions fighting for 3/4 of the heavyweight title.
In the above scenario, Povetkin would face someone for the vacant WBA title, but your guess would be as good as mine as to who.
- No. 2 Fres Oquendo is set to fight Manuel Charr in May, and the latter is a big favorite.
- No. 3 Jarrell Miller is still a bit green and would be wise to pass
- And Dominic Breazeale is facing No. 4 Kubrat Pulev in an IBF eliminator
WBA SUPER CHAMPION: ANTHONY JOSHUA, GBR
WBA (REGULAR) WORLD CHAMPION: MANUEL CHARR, SYR
* Fmr WBO champion Joseph Parker will likely be ranked in the top 10
1 ALEXANDER POVETKIN RUS
2 FRES OQUENDO PUR
3 JARRELL MILLER USA
4 KUBRAT PULEV BUL
5 TREVOR BRYAN USA
6 BJ FLORES USA
7 JOHANN DUHAUPAS INT FRA
8 DILLIAN WHYTE JAM
9 CHRISTIAN HAMMER ROU
10 ALEXANDER USTINOV RUS
11 GUILLERMO JONES LAC PAN
12 OTTO WALLIN SWE
13 BRYANT JENNINGS USA
14 BOGDAN DINU ROU
15 KYOTARO FUJIMOTO