By Tim Parsons-
Promoter Eddie Hearns has told Sky Sports that his man Dillian Whyte (pictured above) is likely to become the mandatory challenger to Deontey Wilder’s WBC belt, if he wins his fight against Oscar Rivas.
The 31-year-old South Londoner has been the WBC’s number one ranked challenger for 600 days, but he has strangely been overlooked for a shot at the WBC heavyweight title. The snub is one of the msot embarrassing examples of injustice and lack of integrity in boxing expressed through the WBC who have offered no real excuse for blocking Dillian Whyte.
Whyte is a durable and strong technician who could pose a threat to Wilder’s reign if given the opportunity, but the American big puncher will be favourite to get rid of Whyte in an interesting fight if they were to meet. Promoter Bob Arum has rich plans to match Tyson Fury with Wilder in a rematch after the pair fought to an exciting draw in Los Angeles last December. Arum and Frank Warren have had discussions with Wilder’s team who have always been ready for the rematch with Fury, but opted to exercise Fury who had been out if the ring for two and a half years with a couple of interim fights first to sharpen him up and raise his profile in America.
A rematch between the two unbeaten heavyweight loud mouths is a must see, but Whyte wants to crash the show before then. His promoter, Eddie Hearns will continue to argue his case. As much as a wilder Fury rematch is concerned.
Everyone wants to see the rematch, but The Eye Of Media.Com is convinced the WBC should do the right thing and grant Whyte his chance if he beats the hard and unbeaten Columbian, Oscar Rivas. There will be no excuse not to give him the chance. The WBC’s integrity could be further at stake if they make it obvious they are avoiding Dillian Whyte , seeing that Wilder has always invited mandatory challengers to come for the title, recently describing them as buzzing flies. According to Eddie Hearn, Whyte’s showdown with Rivas next month in London will have an interim title at stake.b
”We are getting there, it’s very important that this is solved this week,” the 40-year-old Matchroom boss told Sky Sports.
“We know that the interim world title fight and mandatory position is there, it’s just when, when does that mandatory happen?
“We will fight tooth and nail for Dillian Whyte on this. This week, it will be 600 days that he has been WBC No 1, it’s incredible, he deserves justice.
“We are right now on the brink of making that happen.
“All we’ve got to do is just confirm some very fair points and we can get rid of this whole mess and everyone can move on with their lives.
“It’s very, very likely that the Rivas fight will be a final eliminator and for an interim world title.”