DILLIAN WHYTE could be in line to face Luis Ortiz or Alexander Povetkin in July, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
Whyte has not fought since he knocked out Dereck Chisora with a devastating left-hook in December, and looked to set up a rematch with unified world champion Anthony Joshua.
But after rejecting a deal to fight AJ, the Brixton banger turned his attention to a WBC eliminator clash with Dominic Breazeale.
However, after the rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fell through, Breazeale was awarded a shot at The Bronze Bomber’s WBC crown – leaving Whyte in limbo.
Speaking to Sky Sports Hearn revealed ex-world title challengers Ortiz and Povetkin, alongside WBA ‘Regular’ champion Manuel Charr, are all potential opponents for Whyte in July.
Hearn said: “We want Dillian Whyte to be the mandatory with the WBC, so that will be ruled in the next 10-14 days.
“A lot depends on that decision in terms of who he fights in July. The plan is to still go July 6 or 13, and we’ll wait for the WBC’s decision, and then make our choice following that.
(Likely opponents are) “Ortiz, Povetkin, Manuel Charr, Agit Kabayel the European champion as well.
“We know Dillian always wants to fight these top guys, so you can expect him to be in a great fight in July.”
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WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman flew over to England on Saturday to have a meeting about Whyte and his position in the organisation.
Hearn still hopes the Brit heavyweight will be called as mandatory challenger for the winner of Wilder and Breazeale, despite Joshua having interest in The Bronze Bomber’s belt.