There are now less than six weeks left until Deontay Wilder steps into the ring at the Barclays Center to face Dominic Breazeale, in what should prove to be a routine victory for the Bronze Bomber.
Wilder will fight for the first time since his controversial split decision draw with Tyson Fury in Los Angeles in December, a result that ended his 100% record.
The American defended his WBC belt against Fury, but has been linked with a bout for undisputed champion status against Anthony Joshua for several months now.
Joshua’s next fight had been the subject of intense scrutiny after he wrapped up a straightforward win over Alexander Povetkin last September.
Many expected the former Olympic gold medallist to schedule a bout with Fury or Wilder and were left surprised when Jarrell Miller was announced as his next opponent.
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With talks over a Fury rematch also failing to get off the ground, Wilder was handed Breazeale as his next challenger for his WBC crown.
The announcement was widely unexpected, given that Dillian Whyte has been ranked as number one by the WBC.
It has been a frustrating period for Whyte, who recently turned down a rematch with Anthony Joshua after he was reportedly made an offer significantly lower than Tyson Fury’s.
Whyte is yet to fight for a world title but that could soon change after Wilder insisted he would be keen to face the 30-year old if he can’t arrange a fight with either of the other big two.
“I’m up for anything, this is what boxing is all about,” he told Tha Boxing Voice.
“It’s a strange business boxing, because you may have a game plan going forward but then sometimes you just get something that interferes, mess up the plans.
“We are going to fight each other, that’s just the bottom line, if we’re in the heavyweight division and these guys continue to fight, we’re all going to fight each other.
“But me and Dillian Whyte – definitely, if Dillian Whyte continues to keep doing what he doing, we definitely going to get it on.”
Despite this, Whyte has voiced his frustrations with the WBC claiming the organisation are preventing him from fighting for a world championship.
He said: “I think they’re just trying to freeze me out for as long as they can, hoping I’ll get older and get demotivated.”