Dillian Whyte could finally have his shot at Deontay Wilder if he beats Óscar Rivas to become the WBC’s mandatory challenger.
The 31-year-old Brit has been the boxing organisation’s number one ranked challenger for 600 days, but he has been overlooked time and time again for a shot at the WBC heavyweight title.
And the ‘Body Snatcher,’ who has voiced his desire to fight Wilder before, could have the opportunity to do so after his next bout.
According to Eddie Hearn, Whyte’s showdown with Rivas next month in London will have an interim title at stake.
And it would mean that a win for the British heavyweight would secure his place as the mandatory challenger.
“We’re 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.”
Whyte was overlooked for Wilder when the opportunity was handed to number four ranked Dominic Breazeale.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ made quick work of Breazeale, 33, with a stunning first-round KO at the Barclays Center in New York City last month.
And the 33-year-old Alabama-born star has spoken about his desire to have a rematch with Luis Ortiz later this year before he turns his attention to Tyson Fury.
Fury, who put on a superb display against Tom Schwarz last week, said he would previously fight Whyte to determine who would take on Wilder for his championship.
But the Gypsy King, 30, has since made a U-turn and is lining up another fight in 2019 before he reignites his rivalry with Wilder in early 2020.
Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum recently dropped a bombshell that the Fury-Wilder rematch could be pushed forward from 2020 to late 2019.
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