A showdown between Deontay Wilder and Dillian Whyte would be ‘massive’ should the Brixton man avenge his loss to Alexander Povetkin on March 6, says promoter Eddie Hearn.

Whyte, who suffered a stunning stoppage defeat to Russia’s Povetkin last year, has been vocal about his desire to fight former long-reigning WBC champion Wilder over the years.

With heavyweight rulers Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury likely tied up for at least two fights against one another, Hearn has suggested that Whyte could pursue Wilder should he beat Povetkin. 

“I love the Deontay Wilder fight,” Hearn told Sky Sports News. “Wilder against Whyte is a fight we’ve talked about a long time. Dillian Whyte called for that fight for about three years and then all of a sudden Deontay Wilder lost, now he’s calling for the Dillian Whyte fight.

“The focus for Dillian is to beat Povetkin and become mandatory again, but I can’t help thinking that if he can beat Povetkin on March 6, Whyte against Wilder is massive.”