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Hearn considers heavyweight options: Whyte vs Povetkin possible

Matchroom’s head honcho ponders heavyweight matchmaking.

By Aaron Cooper   - @ntuBoxing

Boxing’s premier division seemed as though a bumper 2019 was almost an inevitability. No sooner had a the controversial decision to award a draw in Tyson Fury’s world title challenge against Deontay Wilder happen. Did boxing fans gear up for a swift return bout. Added to that intrigue was the possibility of a return from the 2015 British heavyweight title fight between Dillian Whyte, and now unified world heavyweight kingpin, Anthony Joshua.

Sadly, neither were meant to be. New Network deals have been announced. Joshua and Wilder have moved onto different opponents. With the rest of the world’s top heavyweights left waiting for their shot at title glory.

IntuBoxing.com has learned that Dillian Whyte is potentially being lined up to face Alexander Povetkin. Both men of course fell victim to Joshua in the seventh round of their respective bouts. 

Talking to Sky Sports today. Hearn insisted the plan still remained for Whyte to box on July 13th. Who? Well that is the million-pound question.

Industry sources suggested Povetkin vs Oleksandr Usyk in May 18th in Chicago was a strong possibility. However the Russian now seems less keen on a bout with the first ever four-belt undisputed champion of the world. Though according to his management team, hasn’t dismissed the idea completely.

Other opponents have been listed as potential foes for the popular Brixton man. Manuel Charr and the seemingly ever present Luis Ortiz are options. 

Equally Michael Hunter who is on a two win hot streak since moving up from cruiserweight has been touted as an option for Povetkin. 

The division is in a state of limbo. I hope for all our sakes that it’s resolved quickly.