Dillian Whyte To Defend His Belt In August, Hits Out At Tyson Fury
Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing has scheduled a return to action, starting on August 1st. The series of events — named ‘Fight Camp’ — will take place on the promotion’s headquarters in Essex, UK. All four events will involve title fights — including an interim WBC title defence for Dillian Whyte — that are sure to be exciting matchups for the fans to witness.
The first week will be headlined by a super-welterweight IBF international title fight between Sam Eggington and Ted Cheeseman. While Belfast native James Tennyson and Gavin Gwynne will compete for the vacant British lightweight belt. Seven days later, Terri Harper will attempt to defend her WBC and IBO super-featherweight belts against Natasha Jonas on August 7th, and unbeaten Nathan Thorley will challenge Chris Billiam-Smith for the Commonwealth cruiserweight championship. On August 14th, Felix Cash will fight for the Commonwealth middleweight belt against Jason Welborn, who is a former title challenger and a worthy opponent in his own right.
Undefeated prospects, such as Fabio Wardley, Eric Donovan and Nathan Thorley, are all making appearances on the upcoming cards. Matchroom’s ‘Fight Camp’ is certainly a must-see affair for boxing fans around the world.
The last of the four scheduled events promises to be a night to remember in modern boxing. The evening of August 22nd will include a staggering three title fights. First, Luther Clay will defend his WBO global welterweight title against Chris Kongo. Later on, Irish star and undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor is set to defend her belts against an opponent yet to be announced. Finally, heavyweight household name Dillian Whyte will face the former champion Alexander Povetkin, in a highly anticipated bout.
Week 1 – August 1st
- Ted Cheeseman vs Sam Eggington
- James Tennyson vs Gavin Gwynne
- Fabio Wardley vs Simon Vallily
- Jordan Gill vs Reece Bellotti
- Dalton Smith vs Nathan Bennett
Week 2 – August 7th
- Terri Harper vs Natasha Jonas
- Chris Billam-Smith vs Nathan Thorley
- Anthony Fowler vs Adam Harper
- Aqib Fiaz vs Kane Baker
- Hopey Price
Week 3 – August 14th
- Felix Cash vs Jason Welborn
- Zelfa Barrett vs Eric Donovan
- Kieron Conway vs Navid Mansouri
- Shannon Courtenay vs Rachel Ball
- John Docherty
Week 4 – August 22nd
- Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin
- Katie Taylor
- Martin Bakole vs Sergey Kuzmin
- Luther Clay vs Chris Kongo
The Sky Sports Head of Boxing Development Adam Smith, spoke about the upcoming fights taking place in the month of August.
“Eddie Hearn has supplied a sizzling summer schedule in August, starting with three Sky Sports shows packed with British talent. Sam Eggington against Ted Cheeseman should be a classic clash, while the exciting trio of Jordan Gill, Fabio Wardley and Dalton Smith will be eager to impress.
“Terri Harper has already endeared herself to fight fans with her remarkable success story, but Natasha Jonas is a genuine threat as we return to Matchroom HQ with a high-class world title fight. Anthony Fowler and Chris Billam-Smith have big ambitions and cannot afford slip-ups on the same bill.
“Felix Cash defends his Commonwealth belt against the dangerous Jason Welborn on our third action-packed show. We’ll get another chance to see Shannon Courtenay in action – she is a rising talent with an entertaining style – and it’s a perfect platform for Kieron Conway and Zelfa Barrett to showcase their skills.
“Fight Camp ends with fireworks as Dillian Whyte risks his world title ambitions against the big-hitting Alexander Povetkin, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Katie Taylor can cement her status as one of the sport’s finest fighters when she returns to action on another fantastic bill. We’re back with a red-hot line-up of live boxing!”
Whyte will seek to maintain an unbeaten streak that dates back to 2016; his only loss was suffered against current champion Anthony Joshua in a thrilling grudge match. The Jamaica-born pugilist’s recent success positioned him as the mandatory challenger for Tyson Fury’s WBC title.
A win over a former champion like Povetkin would cement Whyte’s position among the best of a stacked heavyweight division. The always outspoken interim champion recently called out Fury for targeting a fight with Joshua or Wilder rather than facing him as a mandatory opponent.
Not content with a huge interim title defence this summer, Whyte is also taking aim at Fury, calling him out on social media.
Despite the division being topped by Fury, Joshua, and Wilder, ‘The Body Snatcher’ is slowly but surely forcing himself into the race for the heavyweight championship.
Do you think Dillian Whyte will get past Alexander Povetkin at Fight Camp and get a step closer to challenging Tyson Fury?