Dillian Whyte could head to America for Andy Ruiz Jr fight later this year
"Right now, Povetkin is the frontrunner. We're looking at the end of April, or early May for the return of Dillian Whyte"
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 24/01/20 12:35pm
Dillian Whyte could head to America for a fight with Andy Ruiz Jr later this year, but Alexander Povetkin is the "frontrunner" to become the Londoner's next opponent.
The British heavyweight will be back in action in April or May, with promoter Eddie Hearn tabling an offer for a fight against Ruiz Jr, who suffered a points defeat to Anthony Joshua in their rematch in Saudi Arabia.
Ruiz Jr, who was parted company with trainer Manny Robles, was reluctant to fight Joshua in Britain, but Matchroom Boxing boss Hearn believes the Mexican might agree a deal to face Whyte on US soil.
"We're still in negotiations with Andy Ruiz," Hearn told Sky Sports. "That fight has more chance of happening in America.
"That could be the second fight of the year for Dillian Whyte, or the first one."
Whyte posted on social media about Ruiz Jr: "You just lost control. It went you your head. We made an offer, let's get the fight on man. Who cares about all that I just want all the smoke."
Povetkin has travelled to the UK for three of his last fights, including a points win over Hughie Fury at The O2 in October, and the Russian could be set to return for Whyte.
"Right now, Povetkin is the front runner," said Hearn. "We're looking at the end of April, or early May for the return of Dillian Whyte."
Whyte has welcomed an explosive encounter against Povektin, a former WBA heavyweight champion.
"If he wants it, he can get it," Whyte told Sky Sports. "It's going to be a tear-up, because he is not really a mover and I'm not really a mover, so he's a come forward fighter and I come forward.
"We're going to have a scrap. Povetkin comes to fight doesn't he. He doesn't come to mess about. I'm the same, so let's get it."