DILLIAN WHYTE will become the official WBC heavyweight challenger if he beats Alexander Povetkin on Saturday.
Eddie Hearn confirmed the news on Twitter which could see Whyte facing the winner of Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III.
Hearn shared an email from WBC chief Mauricio Sulaiman.
And it read: “Dear Eddie.
“The WBC Annual Convention reviewed the mandatory status of each division and I would like to confirm to you the official ruling in the heavyweight division.
“If WBC interim champion Dillian Whyte wins his fight against Alexander Povetkin, he will be ratified as the official challenger to face the winner of Fury vs Wilder III fight.
“One day after the fight between Fury and Wilder, the period of free negotiations will begin.”
The Matchroom promoter captioned the post: “Just received this email from @wbcmoro – Saturday is huge!
“#WhytePovetkin #FightCamp @SkySportsBoxing @DAZN_USA @DillianWhyte @MatchroomBoxing.”
Just received this email from @wbcmoro – Saturday is huge! #WhytePovetkin #FightCamp @SkySportsBoxing @DAZN_USA @DillianWhyte @MatchroomBoxing pic.twitter.com/EoHATS16KB
Whyte and Povetkin clash at Matchroom HQ on Saturday night.
And Povetkin came out Thursday and said “scared” rival Dillian Whyte should stop hiding out in his caravan.
Brixton ace Whyte has resorted to living in a couple of motorhomes at Brentwood Holiday Inn, while his Russian opponent stays in a regular room.
Whyte, 32, and promoter Eddie Hearn insisted it is to stop the pair scrapping on the M25 before Saturday’s first bell.
But the heavyweights shared a cordial stage for yesterday’s press conference and Povetkin, 40, even invited his rival to share a buffet lunch with him before he flies home.
The Soviet slugger said: “I don’t see why it is necessary for him to live in a caravan — but it is up to Dillian.
“I don’t need to be hidden away or kept separate from him or any of his team but maybe it’s different for him.
“We are eating and training and walking around in the same places as everyone else with no problems.
“I don’t care how he feels. Maybe he’s afraid, but he doesn’t need to be — he looks in good shape and I don’t bite.”