Frank Warren suggests Dillian Whyte fight dangerous unbeaten Croatian heavyweight, rather than Tyson Fury like Eddie Hearn wants
Frank Warren has told talkSPORT that Dillian Whyte will not be getting the Tyson Fury fight in December, and said he should take on Filip Hrgovic next instead.
Whyte was initially due to rematch Alexander Povetkin on November 21 after being knocked out by him in August, but the Russian has tested positive for coronavirus and so cannot compete.
Promoter Eddie Hearn first said it was likely that Povetkin vs Whyte would be rescheduled for January, however he also left the door open for the Brit to face a different opponent in November or December.
Earlier this week, Warren told talkSPORT they are finalising Fury’s next fight against Agit Kabayel on December 5.
Hearn saw this as an opportunity.
He threw Whyte’s name into the hat to face Fury on December 5 instead of Kabayel, but Warren shot this down instantly.
Fury’s UK co-promoter told Jim White on talkSPORT: “Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Dillian Whyte get absolutely poleaxed in his last fight?
“At that time, he was the mandatory challenger to Tyson, he kept banging on about it, they were going to sue everybody. Then stupidly, they put him in with Povetkin and he poleaxed him.
“That’s it, he’s lost his chance. We don’t need him. For Tyson, we’re working on Kabayel, if not we’ll be looking to do something else but it definitely won’t be against Dillian Whyte.
“There’s no gain in it. What is in it for us?”
In recent months, Warren had suggested his top young heavyweight Daniel Dubois as a potential opponent for Whyte.
Hearn replied by calling for Dubois to face the highly-rated Hrgovic, who he co-promotes.
As a result, Warren has now said that, rather than Fury, Whyte should fight Hrgovic next.
He continued: “They’ve got a fighter there – I can’t remember his name now – they have this European fighter who’s gonna be ‘the next best thing since sliced bread.’
“They kept trying to steer him towards Daniel Dubois.
“Put him in with Dillian Whyte, they’ve got them in the same camp, they can make that fight.
“They were saying he’s the next big thing, let’s see if he is, put him in with Dillian Whyte.”
As things stand, Hrgovic is due to return to action against Rydell Booker in America on Saturday night.