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Deontay Wilder taunted Dillian Whyte via DM, says Eddie Hearn after Whyte KOs Alexander Povetkin

Liam Happe
Deontay Wilder taunted Dillian Whyte via DM, says Eddie Hearn after Whyte KOs Alexander PovetkinDAZN
Dillian Whyte vs. Deontay Wilder is a very, very feasible heavyweight bout now that the Brit has avenged his one-punch upset loss.

Eddie Hearn revealed he is confident that Dillian Whyte will finally face Deontay Wilder down the line following Whyte's fourth-round revenge knockout of Alexander Povetkin.

"The Body Snatcher" is right back where he wanted to be as interim WBC champion and expected mandatory challenger for the governing body after devastating the Russian veteran in Gibraltar, which puts to bed his shock KO at the hands of a Povetkin uppercut last summer after dominating the fight.

Following the win, Hearn revealed on the Whyte-Povetkin 2 coverage, available for replay on DAZN everywhere except UK, Ireland and China, that Wilder regarded Whyte as an unworthy opponent for a long time until he had the full version of the WBC belt taken away from him by Tyson Fury's stoppage victory in February 2020.

"We called for the Deontay Wilder fight for a long, long time and he actually DM'd Dillian Whyte and told him he would never give him that fight," Hearn said.

"And now he got knocked out (by Fury) he is calling for the fight with Dillian Whyte so for me that is a stadium fight, a colossal fight.

"That was a lot of pressure and I'd like to get him back out quickly in the summer and maybe go over to the States and have a big fight."

So the roadmap for Whyte appears to be a lighter opponent in a 'keep-busy' fight followed by proposing a huge clash to Wilder later in 2021, which the WBC could very well make for their world title if they opt to strip the Joshua-Fury winner after their initial unification.

Indeed, if Fury and AJ were to be removed from the equation that would leave interim champ Whyte and no.1-ranked contender Wilder at the top of their rankings.

"The ultimate aim has always been for Dillian Whyte to challenge for the world heavyweight title and everyone knows in boxing he is a handful for anyone in the division," continued Hearn.

"It was about getting his career back on track, the world title ambitions back on track and coming back from that knockout wasn't easy.

"He showed the determination and he wasn't going to be denied. He manhandled Alexander Povetkin and batted him from pillar to post and we are back where we wanted to be."