Dillian Whyte was hoping Anthony Joshua would beat Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night, but AJ’s loss may benefit him more.
Britain’s unified heavyweight champion was knocked out and dethroned by the Ukrainian, who put on a magnificent performance to make history at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
Usyk’s speed, movement, and precision troubled AJ all night.
Joshua had moments of success throughout the fight, but couldn’t keep it up long enough to come out victorious.
Usyk eventually outclassed Joshua and made him stand on the last lap, the bell saving AJ from being knocked out.
The scores were 117-112, 116-112, 115-113, crowning Usyk a two-division world king as the former cruiserweight champion claimed the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles.
Whyte was backing AJ to win to set up a rematch between them in the future.
However, his own continued quest for a world title may have received a big boost now that Joshua has lost.
If the Briton had won – and Tyson Fury had defeated Deontay Wilder next week – the goal would have been to pit the two champions against each other twice next year.
Now, however, Usyk will take on AJ next, which means the winner of Fury vs Wilder 3 will have an open diary in 2022.
Whyte is in an ongoing legal battle with the WBC, trying to regain his position as a mandatory challenger that evaporated when he was beaten by Alexander Povetkin last year.
Although he reclaimed the “interim” WBC belt by beating Povetkin in their rematch, Whyte is not yet mandatory.
Many thought it was because the WBC hoped to facilitate an undisputed fight without obstacles.
However, as this is now irrelevant, it seems more likely that they could sort out their legal issue with Whyte by giving him what he wants.
He has to win his next fight with Otto Wallin on October 30 first, otherwise it all becomes irrelevant.
Eddie Hearn told iFL TV, “Dillian Whyte, we have this legal situation going on with the WBC.
“He’s sitting there now saying, ‘Wow, I should be forced. “
The WBC was probably thinking, ‘If we order the Dillian Whyte binding, we could stop the bout unchallenged. “
“Now the winner of Fury vs. Wilder, it’s almost certain – as long as Dillian beats Wallin – that he’s immediately binding on the winner of this fight.
“There is no reason not to.”
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