Dillian Whyte search begins for new opponent – but Eddie Hearn advises he waits for Alexander Povetkin

"But he does want, more than anything, to avenge the defeat that he suffered at the hands of Alexander Povetkin," says promoter Eddie Hearn; Dillian Whyte considering new opponent if Povetkin rematch is delayed further

Dillian Whyte questions 'strange' Anthony Joshua performance

Dillian Whyte could fight a different opponent while he waits to rematch Alexander Povetkin, said promoter Eddie Hearn, who will "reach out" to possible rivals.

Luis Ortiz, Deontay Wilder, Andy Ruiz Jr and Derek Chisora were mentioned as a four-man shortlist of options for Whyte, whose second fight with Povetkin was postponed when the Russian was hospitalised with Covid-19.

"We will be reaching out to other players in the heavyweight division to see if they fancy it," Hearn told Sky Sports News.

Ortiz won many rounds in both fights with Wilder
Image: Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz were mentioned as options for Whyte
Dillian Whyte believes Derek Chisora let himself down by not having enough boxing experience in his corner for his defeat at the hands of Oleksandr Usyk. 1:10
Dillian Whyte on why Derek Chisora 'let himself down'

"I'd love to make Ruiz Jr vs Whyte, Wilder vs Whyte, Ortiz vs Whyte.

"Chisora is always ready. He is another name to throw in the mix, potentially, for Whyte if the Povetkin fight is delayed.

"He is always in excellent fights, always entertaining, he is on good form.

"But I really feel that Dillian needs to wipe that [defeat] off his record against Povetkin."

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Whyte twice floored Povetkin only to succumb to a huge knockout which was a major setback to his world title ambitions.

Beating Povetkin in a planned rematch would allow Whyte to regain the status as WBC mandatory challenger to the belt held by Tyson Fury.

But Povetkin is still recovering from his spell in hospital.

Whyte vs Povetkin
Image: Whyte had Alexander Povetkin on the verge of defeat
Povetkin KO'd Whyte
Image: But Povetkin KO'd Whyte

"That fight was planned for January 30 and previously November 21," Hearn said about the rematch.

"Povetkin does need more time recovering from Covid but not too long. We expect him to have a four-week delay.

"When I conveyed that news to Whyte it didn't go down very well!

"His first question was: 'Who else can we fight?'

"'Can we fight Luis Ortiz, Deontay Wilder, Andy Ruiz Jr?'

"The answer is: 'Yes any of those would be fantastic'.

"But he does want, more than anything, to avenge the defeat that he suffered at the hands of Povetkin.

"That is on his mind.

"So I said to him: 'I think you should wait [to fight Povetkin]'."

Whyte on 'strange' Joshua performance

Joshua vs Pulev
Image: Joshua 'stuck between styles', according to Whyte

Whyte was ringside to watch his old rival Anthony Joshua knock out Kubrat Pulev in nine rounds but wasn't convinced.

"It was a strange performance," Whyte told Sky Sports.

"Don't get me wrong, he did well. He got the job done.

"But strange because he was like he was trapped between two different styles.

"What got him the victory was going back to the old him and being aggressive.

"It was a good performance but he could have made easier work of it. He let Pulev hang around longer than he needed to."

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