Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte will be returning to the ring on July 13 in London, UK to face a still to be determined opponent, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.
WBC mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale is the desired opponent for Whyte (25-1, 18 KOs) to be facing on 13th of July date, but that will depend on whether WBC heavyweight Deontay Wilder chooses to face Dominic next or not in his May 18 fight.
Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) wants to gets his WBC mandatory out of the way by fighting Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs) next.
However, Hearn says he’s going to speak to the World Boxing Council to have them confirm that their previously ordered Whyte vs. Breazeale fight be for the WBC mandatory, as well as the interim title. As such, Hearn wants the Wilder vs. Breazeale to be ruled as voluntary defense for Deontay, and not him taking care of a mandatory.
“Dillian will be fighting on July 13th. That’s the date we’re penciling in right now for London,” Hearn said. “Hopefully it’s against Breazeale. That’s the fight where he wanted to go.
If he [Wilder fights Breazeale] does, we’re saying Dillian Whyte should be the mandatory, and then he can have a fight on July 13th, and then wait for the winner of Wilder vs. Breazeale,” Hearn said.
It would be surprising if the WBC sides with Hearn by saying that Wilder’s fight with Breazeale is just a voluntary defense for him, and not him taking his mandatory.
Breazeale, 33, has been Wilder’s mandatory for two years since 2017, and the WBC has chosen, for whatever reason, not to order the fight.
Earlier this year, with Wilder tied up with the Fury rematch, the WBC ordered the Whyte vs. Breazeale fight for the interim WBC strap, but with Fury dropping out of the rematch, the Whyte- Breazeale fight seems unlikely.
“Yeah, he’s not looking for a tick over,” Hearn said about Dillian Whyte’s July 13th fight not being an easy mark. “He’s not going to fight Tom Little on a pay-per-view show.,” Hearn said.
Hearn says Whyte’ July 13 fight will on Sky Box Office pay-per-view, which means it’ll be necessary for him to find a quality opponent for him to face.
Having Chisora facing Joseph Parker on Whyte’s undercard on July 13 will help justify having it televised on Sky Box Office rather on regular Sky.
We are yet to know who the opponent would but hopefully, it’s a live wire, who would be a great challenge for the body snatcher.
Hearn needs to bring in some new blood for Dillian to fight, someone like Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz, who just had a wide points victory over Romanian German Hammer over the weekend.