Dillian Whyte rekindled his world-title hopes and likely shook up the WBC heavyweight rankings when he destroyed Alexander Povetkin in their March 27 rematch on Gibraltar.
‘The Body Snatcher’ (now 28-2) had suffered a disastrous loss to the Russian veteran last August, losing his position as mandatory challenger for the title held by Tyson Fury.
The seven months since saw Povetkin battle COVID-19 and the sands of time as he turned 41 years of age. He looked an old fighter on Saturday as Whyte dominated him from the first bell. The end came late in the fourth as Dillian blasted him to the ropes with a right and then closed the show with a left as Povetkin reeled.
The win means Whyte is once again the WBC interim heavyweight champion, but he does not have mandatory status again – as yet. The WBC must now decide how to handle that element of things.
Wilder vs Whyte mouthwatering
Whyte was #6 on the most recent WBC rankings list – that will change now of course. Sitting at #1 is fearsome knockout machine Deontay Wilder.
Wilder has not been out for more than a year since losing his belt to Fury in a one-sided stoppage in Las Vegas. That was the first defeat of his stellar professional career to date (now 42-1-1).
There is much talk now of a potential Wilder vs Whyte showdown, and it’s one that would be us – and all boxing fans – excited. Maybe they lock horns first. With the right to face the winner of the upcoming unification match between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
In terms of other upcoming fights which could affect the rankings, New Zealand’s WBC #7 Joseph Parker faces British warhorse Dereck Chisora (#15) in a pay-per-view showdown on Saturday May 1.
Former unified world champion and current WBC #4 Andy Ruiz Jr meanwhile returns from a 17-month absence on May 1 when he meets veteran fellow Californian Chris Arreola in a Fox pay-per-view in Carson, California.