Dominic Breazeale has been confirmed as the next opponent to face off against WBC Champion Deontay Wilder, in what will be very frustrating news for Dillian Whyte. He has continued to push for the fight, and it appeared he would be rewarded with the blockbuster clash. With no Joshua fight also it would appear that Whyte has missed out again, despite him picking up another recent impressive success. In 2018 he won all three of his bouts against Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker and Dereck Chisora. This now puts him as one of the leading fighters in the division. So what are the potential next opponents for Whyte following this disappointing news?
The 33 year old has been looking to progress back up the ranks following his defeat to Anthony Joshua in 2016. As mentioned previously he now looks set to face off again Wilder, so is less likely to be the next challenger for Whyte. However if this was the case it would be a fight that Whyte would be a strong favourite in and a popular selection with those using the Sugarhouse promo code, and would be another solid stepping stone for him to finally get that World title shot.
Another potential fight is with the hugely experienced 39 year old, Alexander Povetkin. Povetkin is coming off the back of his recent loss to Anthony Joshua, but still remains one of the biggest names in the sport. With a record of 34-2, it would be a big challenge to Whyte, but a great stepping stone to show why he is now of the biggest names in the heavyweight division. This would appear as one of the more likely next steps for Whyte in 2019.
A fight with 34 year old and current WBA (regular) heavyweight champion, Manuel Charr is likely to be at the top of the list for Dillian Whyte. This would give him the opportunity to pick up a belt, whilst also further adding to his impressive professional record. This would be a fight that Whyte would really favour himself in, and would start as the strong favourite to pick up the win.
The final possible next opponent could be against the 39 year old Cuban, Luis Ortiz. Ortiz has for some time been the most avoided fighter in the division, and looked likely to pick up the belt against Wilder before his stunning TKO stoppage. He continues to remain very active and would without a doubt be up for the challenge against Ortiz. However this would be a very dangerous fight for Whyte and one that there is far more to lose than gain. Therefore this would appear to be less likely than some of the previous names mentioned.