World Boxing Council (WBC) President Mauricio Suleiman claims that the winner of the rematch between Alexander Povetkin and Dillian White will become a mandatory contender for the organization’s heavyweight title if the Council authorizes their fight. According to him, from the moment of this fight, the reigning WBC champion (currently Tyson Fury) will have to meet with the winner within a year.
“Much to Dillian White’s regret, he was knocked out in the last fight. He lost his mandatory status as he lost by knockout. We expect Fury to fight Wilder in December, so now time is no longer a factor.
If White had defeated Povetkin, the WBC would have confirmed his status as the mandatory contender for the winner of the Fury-Wilder 3 fight, but he lost by knockout. So the time factor is not considered at the moment.
If White’s and Povetkin’s rematch is confirmed as a bout for mandatory challenger status, the report will begin after that bout. When you become the mandatory challenger, you have the right to fight for the title throughout the year, “said Mauricio Suleiman in an interview with Boxing Social YouTube channel.
We will remind, Suleiman also said that now Povetkin is not a mandatory challenger.