Following his highlight reel knockout win over the formerly undefeated Lucas Browne, Dillian ‘The Bodysnatcher’ Whyte has sent out a clear message to the heavyweight division that he is ready to face off with the very best the world has to offer.
Aged 30 from Brixton, London, Whyte holds a 23-1 professional record with 17 wins by way of knockout. He is known to be a volatile character who seems to build a dislike for every opponent he faces.
He is always involved in an interesting build-up to fights and his most recent win over Browne shows that he has the in-ring abilities to more than back up the out of ring entertainment.
Coming into the Browne fight, Whyte was regarded as the favourite by most but it was expected to be a highly competitive contest in which Whyte may well be hurt by the clear power of Browne.
What was to result was in fact nothing short of a one-sided systematic beat down in which Whyte completely outboxed his opponent before brutally dispatching of him with one the heaviest knockdowns seen in recent times.
Browne was knocked unconscious and lay motionless on the floor for a while being attended to by the medical teams. It made for uncomfortable viewing as the big Australian landed so heavily that worries about his health were natural. Thankfully he is fine.
After such a mature display from Whyte in which he remained disciplined before finishing the show in stunning fashion, talk is rife with what is next for him.
There are three men being talked about at the moment in Deontay Wilder, Kubrat Pulev and Alexander Povetkin.
Aged 32 from The United States, Deontay Wilder is the WBC world champion with an undefeated 40-0 professional record with an outstanding 39 wins by way of knockout. He is an extremely dangerous fighter with frightening one-punch knockout power.
He is, however, a fighter many feel is technically quite limited and therefore the heavyweight contenders seem keen to face him.
Whyte has actively called out Wilder for a while now but hasn’t seen this rewarded with much positive talk of the fight taking place. Wilder has been offered a significant payday to face Whyte but doesn’t seem too interested at this point.
Whilst Whyte is rated as number one contender to the WBC title, it could be some time before the mandatory is called and therefore it seems unlikely that Wilder will be his fight.
Aged 36 from Bulgaria, Kubrat Pulev is an experienced, former title challenger holding a professional record of 25-1. He had been due to face Anthony Joshua last year but pulled out due to injury.
Pulev is a technically sound, all-around solid fighter who has beaten the likes of Dereck Chisora, Tony Thompson and Alexander Ustinov. The one loss on his career was an emphatic one at the hands of the man who dominated the division for over a decade in Wladimir Klitschko.
The IBF have recently mandated Pulev and Whyte to face off in order to determine who will become their number one contender to the title held by Anthony Joshua.
Pulev would be a good name to take on for Whyte and a victory over him would definitely enhance his reputation. This fight seems a quite likely prospect.
Aged 38 from Russia, Alexander Povetkin is a highly rated contender who holds a 34-1 professional record containing wins over the likes of Mike Perez, Carlos Takam, Ruslan Chagaev, Christian Hammer and a host of others.
Povetkin is the WBA number one rated fighter and has recently fought in Britain on the undercard of the huge Anthony Joshua versus Joseph Parker unification fight. Povetkin came through a bit of a wobble to claim a knockout win over David Price.
Whyte has said that he would be willing to fight Povetkin and consequently there have been talks that perhaps the pair will meet.
Povetkin is a very good fighter but he can be hurt and Whyte would be confident that he could do a job on the former title challenger.
A clash of the two men would be highly anticipated and would generate considerable interest in a division that is alight with competition.
Looking at those three options it seems most likely that Whyte will either face Pulev or Povetkin. Frankly, the fight I would like to see most is against Wilder. Whyte has the potential to cause Wilder some serious problems.
Whyte has shown that he has very underrated boxing skills, a good chin, determination, knockout power and under Mark Tibbs he is an ever improving fighter. Whyte would believe that he will defeat Wilder and there is a large section of fans now feeling the same way.
Of course, Wilder would be the favourite going into the fight but a match-up of the two has intrigue written all over it.
A fight with either Pulev or Povetkin would still be very good fights that would likely see Whyte headline his own show again and further raise his marketability.
Whyte is a man doing what is necessary to reach the top of the sport and a huge world title shot looks just a matter of time away at the moment.