Dillian Whyte has the possibility to reclaim the spot he beforehand had labored so exhausting for on Saturday evening as he takes on Alexander Povetkin.
He rematches the Russian after his shock defeat final August the place The Physique Snatcher was in full management, however he ended up being knocked out within the fifth spherical.
Whyte had a rematch clause within the contract and exercised it instantly. Now, in Gibraltar this weekend, the 32-year-old has the possibility to make himself the obligatory WBC heavyweight contender as soon as extra.
If he does that, he will get himself into prime place to face the winner of the undisputed heavyweight title conflict between WBC champion Tyson Fury and WBO, WBA, IBO, IBF champion Anthony Joshua.
In a brand new column with BBC Sport, Whyte spoke about that chance and evaluated the battle.
“If I beat Povetkin then that makes me the obligatory challenger once more, however as Fury has signed to battle Joshua, I’m going to have to attend.
“I’m clearly excited on the prospect of combating one in every of them for 4 belts. They’re the perfect on the earth and I’m in boxing to battle the perfect. But when they signal for 2 fights, I’d most likely have to attend for a yr to battle them.
“ I wouldn’t sit round although – I’d battle another person in between. I used to be primary challenger earlier than, however I nonetheless took harmful fights.
“Joshua is powerful, has good pace and he’s proven resilience coming again when he’s been damage in opposition to different fighters. In opposition to Andy Ruiz he acquired knocked out, however he confirmed versatility second time round within the rematch, not taking any probabilities.
“Fury may be very slick, has good reflexes and good motion for an enormous man, however I’m unsure if he’s bodily stronger.
“However he’s taller and weighs extra and has acquired extra attain. He’s a type of guys that you simply suppose he’s about to lose a battle, however then he comes again. He’s overcome adversity and he’s crushed guys in fashions that you simply didn’t suppose he would have achieved.
“He attracts with Deontay Wilder after which he says he’s going to knock him out subsequent time and he does. He went from a backfoot defensive fighter to a entrance foot offensive fighter.
“In my view it’s a 50/50 battle as a result of they’ve a variety of similarities they usually can each adapt and modify their kinds relying on their opponent, so it’s very tough to say who will win. It may very well be actually thrilling or it may very well be actually boring the place they attempt to be too technical and one is ready for the opposite. I can’t wait although.”
Both approach, the winner of Whyte and Povetkin appears like they’ll have a superb likelihood at combating the soon-to-be undisputed champion. Though, Oleksandr Usyk might need one thing to say about that.