Dillian Whyte Added To Clash On The Dunes
Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte has landed a spot on the
colossal Andy Ruiz Jr vs. Anthony Joshua 2 World title
rematch taking place at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia on
Saturday December 7, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in
the UK and DAZN in the US.
Whyte will take on Poland’s former World title challenger
Mariusz Wach in his first fight back since climbing off the
canvas to outpoint Oscar ‘Kaboom’ Rivas in an exciting
battle at The O2 in London back in July that saw him move to
26-1 (18 KOs).
Wach (35-5, 19 KOs) was due to face Whyte back in 2017
before ‘The Body Snatcher’ withdrew from their contest with
an injured foot, but ‘The Viking’, 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 (1-0, 1 KO), the former world amateur champion.
Alexander 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 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 7.”
“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.
“Hopey Price and Diego Pacheco are also keen to display
their talent on a momentous night for the sport as we build
towards Joshua's spectacular showdown with Ruiz Jr.”