It seems like heavyweight boxing is finally on the cusp of the mega matchups it has been craving and Eddie Hearn is in a pivotal spot to make them.
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury hold all the heavyweight gold at the moment and the Brits have tentatively agreed to face each other twice in 2021 with everything on the line.
Joshua vs Fury is the fight everybody wants to see
However, Dillian Whyte – like Joshua, a Hearn client – has been top of the WBC rankings for more than a 1,000 days and is well overdue a shot at the champion.
So how is Hearn going to work this out fairly for his clients?
“A lot of people want to see Dillian Whyte get his shot at the world title and no one in my opinion deserves it more,” Hearn told talkSPORT.
“The fight against Alexander Povetkin here is extremely dangerous.
Hearn represents both Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte
“But, I have to say, a lot of people want me to make Fury vs AJ. That’s a huge fight.
“But, in my opinion, Dillian Whyte should get that shot first and that should happen by the end of February. Like you said, 1,000 days is quite comical really.
“You’d think there’s enough publicity and enough pressure on the WBC to make sure they stick to their word for the end of February. That’s what we’re trying to do, but, to be honest, first things first let’s get the victory here over Alexander Povetkin on August 22.”
It’s a complex situation. Whyte has to face Povetkin at Hearn’s Fight Camp at Matchroom Boxing HQ and defeat him to remain on course to face Fury in 2021.
Joshua has to face his mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in December so he can face the winner of Whyte and Fury next summer and for Fury to even get to Whyte in February, he needs to defeat Deaontay Wilder again to complete their trilogy later this year.
Whyte is the first star name to agree to compete at Hearn’s Fight Camp and getting him a big opponent like Povetkin has not been easy to navigate, especially with the ongoing pandemic.
Whyte and Povetkin were originally meant to square off in May
“Povetkin has to come 14 days before, which I guess is good in a way. Make sure he’s here and ready [laughs],” Hearn said.
“But he’s been training hard. He’s a heavyweight, he doesn’t have to make weight and this is a big opportunity for him as well. Dillian Whyte is WBC interim heavyweight champion, so if Povetkin was to beat him, it would open so many doors for him.
“Fighters are really embracing this now. I have to be honest, when this pandemic started and I said I’m going to do a fight in my garden, they weren’t really queuing up.
“But they saw the plans and this week they’ve seen the social media with the construction, the changing rooms and they are sitting in that hotel down there and they are absolutely chomping at the bit to get up here.
Eddie Hearn talks Fight Camp
“They won’t see this until Saturday when they fight – it’s going to be wild.”
Hearn also told us that no matter what, AJ needs to fight before 2020 is through. If arenas are open at limited capacity, they’ll do that. However, if it means erecting Fight Camp again, he’d also do that.
Will Matchroom just keep their mini arena?
“We might just keep this up! But I think we’re only allowed 28 or 30 days of this from the council, but we’ll see, we’ll have a conversation,” Hearn added.