By Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn has revealed the three front-runners for heavyweight contender Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte to fight in December and they are as follows: Dominic Breazeale, Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller and Dereck Chisora. This will likely be a pay-per-view fight on Sky Box Office in the UK.
Whyte has suddenly become really popular in Britain with his wins over Joseph Parker, Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne, Robert Helenious, Dereck Chisora, Malcolm Tann, Ian Lewison and David Allen. Now that Whyte is tasting the good money without having to face a tough contender, he might not want to rock the boat by fighting someone that could maybe beat him like Chisora, Breazeale or Miller. If Whyte loses to one of those guys, he not only can forget about a second fight against Anthony Joshua, but he also might lose his popularity and no longer have his fights televised Sky Box Office level fighter. I’m just saying.
Whyte obviously will have the final say so in picking his next opponent. Considering what’s at stake for Whyte in terms of a possible rematch against Anthony Joshua on April 13, it wouldn’t be surprising if he tells Hearn that he wants no part of any of the big three [Breazeale, Chisora or Miller] that he has picked out for him to choose from for his December. But if Whyte wants to make his April 13 fight with Joshua bigger and help cement his position as his likely opponent for that date, and then he’ll agree to fight one of those guys. Whyte should fight Breazeale, Chisora and Miller in order to EARN a rematch with Joshua, because he hasn’t beaten anyone good enough to make fans forget his 7th round knockout loss to AJ in 2015.
Whyte has made it crystal clear that he doesn’t want any more of the Chisora smoke. Whyte (24-1, 17 KOs) almost lost to Chisora in 2016. Whyte was given a 12 round split decision in a grueling fight that could have gone either way. Whyte doesn’t want the fight, but the boxing public is very interested in seeing him face Chisora again. The fight would play out better in the UK than a match between Whyte and Miller or Breazeale.
Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller (21-0-1, 18 KOs) is the least likely of the three to get a fight against Whyte in December, because he’s fighting 41-year-old Tomasz Adamek (53-5, 31 KOs) on December 6 on a DAZN card at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Unless Miller gets through that fight without taking much punishment, he’s not going to be able to jump back into training camp to get ready for a tough fight against the 30-year-old Whyte in December. The thing is, Miller is going to get a title shot against Joshua at some point anyway without him having to take a risky fight. Hearn is eager to match Miller against Joshua because he believes the fight will play out well in the U.S and bring in good numbers on DAZN. I don’t know that it will, because Miller is not a big name in the U.S. Before he recently signed with HBO, Miller was beating up fodder opposition on Showtime. He still hasn’t fought anyone good yet during his career. Miller gets focus on himself with his trash talking outside of the ring rather than what he’s doing inside the ring.
Dominic Breazeale (19-1, 17 KOs) wants the fight against Whyte, and he’s willing to risk his mandatory challenger status for a fight against WBC heavyweight champion. Breazeale wants to beat Whyte and then get a rematch with Joshua, who beat him two years ago by a 7th round knockout. Joshua has become a lot more popular since then, and the money his challengers can make can set them up for life potentially. Breazeale can make good money fighting Whyte, and then get an even bigger payday against Joshua. It’s a smart move by Breazeale to call out Whyte. That’s a risky fight for Whyte, which is why I don’t think he’ll take it. Breazeale has too much size, power and talent for Whyte to face him in December.
My thoughts are that Whyte will reject Hearn’s three options for him and instead ask him to put together a rematch with David Allen (14-4-2, 11 KOs), who looked good in his last fight in stopping Nick Webb in the 4th round on July 28. I don’t think the boxing public will be too excited about paying to see a rematch between Whyte and Allen, but it’s a fight that would give the ‘Body Snatcher’ a safe fight to keep him in line for a rematch against Joshua on April 13. Whyte looked terrible in beating Allen by a 10 round unanimous decision in July 2016. Whyte was slapping for 10 rounds, and running from Allen to keep from getting hit by his heavy shots. It was a very boring fight to watch by a lot of boxing fans. They were complaining like mad in watching that horrible fight. Seeing a second fight between Whyte and Allen would be punishment.