Mauricio Sulaiman explains where Dillian Whyte fits into Deontay Wilder's plans

Despite an impressive decision win over New Zealander Joseph Parker at the O2 arena on July 28, WBC ‘Silver’ champion Dillian Whyte has still not forced his way into contention for a potential clash opposite WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

The undefeated Wilder, who has held the heavyweight belt since 2015, is instead keen on fighting former multiple champion and fellow undefeated fighter, Tyson Fury.

Despite ongoing talks, the World Boxing Council has not yet received confirmation that the bout is going ahead, although Wilder’s team are hopeful the fight will be finalised for Las Vegas in November.

In a recent interview with Sky Sports, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has revealed that Whyte’s chances of facing Wilder have not significantly improved by beating Parker because he turned down the opportunity to face Luis Ortiz in an eliminator.

Now Whyte must wait until Wilder’s talks with Fury develop as well as any future discussions between his team and Anthony Joshua after previous talks broke down earlier this year.

“Dillian Whyte is the WBC silver champion, but is not mandatory,” Sulaiman said. “The WBC offered him to fight a final elimination bout to enforce a second mandatory on the division against Luis Ortiz, but Whyte did not wish to fight such.

“The mandatory challenger is Dominic Breazeale. Last year he was contracted to fight a final elimination bout versus Bermane Stiverne.

“When Luis Ortiz could not fight Deontay Wilder, Bermane Stiverne got the fight and Breazeale was left with a contract. The replacement for Breazeale was Eric Molina.

“The condition was that if Breazeale won he would become mandatory as per the contract he had.”

Exactly what Whyte didn’t want to hear. It looks like he will have to be patient for a littler longer.

In the same interview, Sulaiman claimed that the potential Wembley showdown in April between Wilder and Anthony Joshua would ‘be welcomed’.

“The WBC has done everything possible to see this great fight happen,” Sulaiman added. “I will be thrilled to see it happen, which is a must as that is what the fans of the world want.”

Joshua is determined to become undisputed champion by taking the WBC belt from Wilder, as the unified champion puts his WBA, IBF and WBO belts on the line against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin on September 22.

Failure to broker a deal with Wilder for a second time, however, will see Whyte be given a world title shot at Wembley in April and a chance to avenge his defeat to AJ three years ago.

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