Tyson Fury congratulated his new mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin following his brutal KO of Dillian Whyte on Saturday night.
The WBC heavyweight champion will be due to face the Russian in August 2021, if they both remain unbeaten in the meantime.
Fury is the WBC heavyweight king
Fury’s Instagram story post
“Well done Povetkin,” Fury said in reaction to the knockout, “40 and proud.”
This result provides a big boost to the prospect of Fury facing Anthony Joshua for all four belts next year.
Whyte’s WBC mandatory threatened the bout as he would have been due to challenge the ‘Gypsy King’ in February.
Now though, as a new mandatory has been installed, the timeline has been reset.
Pulev will KO Joshua next. London Bridges are falling.
— Bob Arum (@BobArum) August 22, 2020
Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum taunted: “Dillian Whyte was so busy fighting for his WBC mandatory position that he didn’t see Povetkin’s uppercut, which knocked him cold on his ass.
“Pulev will KO Joshua next. London Bridges are falling.”
Whyte was KOd in round five
However, Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn said post-fight: “We have a rematch clause.
“First thing Dillian said when he came out was, ‘Get me that rematch, get me that rematch.’
“We will exercise that rematch clause, we will look to make that before the end of the year.
“And listen, it’s a huge fight, it’s a very dangerous fight now because obviously back-to-back defeats for Dillian Whyte throws a very different shade on it.
“But I know that he’ll come back from this.”