DILLIAN WHYTE’s next fight has been ‘finalised’ and could take place on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez’s super-middleweight title unification bout with Caleb Planet.
Whyte has been on the sidelines since winning his do-or-die rematch with the recently-retired Alexander Povetkin in March.
The Brixton Body Snatcher has been champing at the bit to get back in the ring, so much so he offered to replace Tyson Fury and fight Deontay Wilder this weekend.
But promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed the 33-year-old is on course to fight in September and could land a spot on the eagerly-anticipated Canelo vs Plant card.
When asked if he plans on doing shows on the 11th and 18th of September, Hearn told iFL TV: “Obviously, if Canelo fights on September 18th, it’ll be in Las Vegas. Yes, quite possibly.
“Dillian was always supposed to fight on August 28th. It was a little early.
We’ve finalized his opponent now
Eddie Hearn on Dillian Whyte’s next fight
“He preferred to fight in September.
“But as I said, I would like for him to fight on the Canelo Alvarez card. That would be a tremendous place for him to box.
“The middle of September is really his preferred date.
“We’ve finalized his opponent now [for Whyte], which in due course, we’ll make a formal announcement.
“So we just want to nail down which of those two Saturdays [September 11th or September 18th] he fights on.”
Chris Arreola and Charles Martin have been touted as potential opponents for Whyte, although SunSport understands American Jermaine Franklin is the frontrunner to face the former world title challenger.
But Hearn admits the pair could end up facing Whyte at a later date.
He said: “We’re also talking to [manager] Luis DeCubas about a possible Arreola fight, a Charles Martin fight for Dillian Whyte, which could come after his August/September fight.
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“Dillian Whyte will fight on August 28th or, more likely, now in September. If we do the Canelo fight, we’ve been discussing with Saul and Eddy Reynoso offers from PBC for the Plant fight, our offers, and our potential people.
“If we do the show, then it’s very likely Dillian Whyte will fight on Canelo Alvarez’s undercard.
“If we don’t do the show and we accept the PBC offer for the Plant fight, that one fight, we may go on that card, or we may do an additional show in September with Dillian Whyte.”