Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte has landed a spot on the Andy Ruiz-Anthony Joshua II heavyweight title fight taking place at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia on Saturday December 7th. The show will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US. Whyte will take on Poland’s Mariusz Wach in his first fight back since climbing off the canvas to outpoint Oscar Rivas in July. Editor's note: it has been reported that Whyte had a positive PED test prior to the Rivas fight, but was allowed to fight anyway by the British commission. The issue is still unresolved and Whyte was provisionally removed as the WBC's mandatory contender. Apparently nothing is preventing Whyte from fighting in Saudi Arabia despite the serious nature of the PED matter.
Wach (35-5, 19 KOs) was due to face Whyte (26-1, 18 KOs) back in 2017 before Whyte withdrew from their contest with an injured foot. Wach, a former opponent of Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin, will now have the opportunity to lock horns with Whyte following back to back wins in his homeland.
Fellow Brit Tom Little (10-7, 3 KOs) will also be targeting a huge upset on the undercard as he takes on Mahammadrasul Majidov the former world amateur champion. Majidov is listed at 1-0 but is more accurately 13-3, which includes a win over Olympic champion Tony Yoka and a loss to former world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
Povetkin’s explosive encounter with Michael Hunter has already been confirmed, along with Filip Hrgovic’s step-up in class against Eric Molina on an action-packed evening of heavyweight fights.
The talented young duo of Leeds super bantamweight Hopey Price (1-0) and Los Angeles super middleweight Diego Pacheco (7-0, 6 KOs) will also be eager to impress in separate fights at Diriyah Arena.
“I’m delighted to be fighting in Saudi Arabia against Mariusz Wach,” said Whyte. “He’s probably got one of the best chins in the heavyweight division. I have been training and working hard to fight so it’s great to get a date and it’s very exciting for me to be fighting somewhere different like Saudi Arabia. I want to fight in different places and different settings and this card has the biggest heavyweight fight on it that we have seen in years. I’m just going to keep chasing the World titles, so if I keep winning then I hope to land that World title shot in 2020, that’s the plan for December 7th.”
“This wraps up a huge card for what will be a historic night for the sport,” said Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Boxing. “Ten big Heavyweights will descend on Diriyah to cause a shockwave through World boxing as Saudi Arabia hosts one of the biggest Heavyweight fights of all time. Ten days to go!”
Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing, said: “Anthony Joshua’s epic rematch night has even more heavyweight fireworks as Dillian Whyte battles Mariusz Wach on a bill which is brimming with big punchers. Whyte will be seeking to showcase his power against the battle-hardened Mariusz Wach, while the likeable Tom Little receives a dream fight against Mahammadrasul Majidov, the former world amateur champion.