Hearn: Whyte would step in for Fury and face Wilder

Promoter Eddie Hearn has teasingly suggested that Dillian Whyte is more than happy to change his plans and face bitter rival Deontay Wilder on July 24, with WBC champion Tyson Fury apparently withdrawing from his trilogy fight with the ‘Bronze Bomber’ after contracting Covid-19.

WBC Interim belt holder Whyte is due to fight an opponent to be announced in America next month, having reignited his career with a revenge win over Alexander Povetkin in March. When Wilder reigned as WBC heavyweight king, Whyte was the Mexican sanctioning body’s long-time No.1 contender, but was left frustrated as that bout failed to materialise. The Brixton banger has regularly clashed with Wilder on social media and made no secret of his appetite for that fight.

With Wilder left without an opponent and a Fury bout reportedly delayed to a projected new date of October 9, Hearn has playfully remarked that his fighter is eager to step in. 

“Spoke to Dillian Whyte, he is due to fight [at] the end of August but ready to jump in July 24 v Wilder,” tweeted Hearn.

While that is an unlikely scenario given the timing and contract situation, a grudge match between Whyte and Wilder would certainly capture the imagination should the adversaries ever reach an agreement.