Tyson Fury congratulated his new obligatory challenger Alexander Povetkin following his brutal KO of Dillian Whyte on Saturday night time.
The WBC heavyweight champion will probably be because of face the Russian in August 2021, in the event that they each stay unbeaten within the meantime.
“Nicely carried out Povetkin,” Fury stated in response to the knockout, “40 and proud.”
This outcome gives a giant enhance to the prospect of Fury dealing with Anthony Joshua for all 4 belts subsequent yr.
Whyte’s WBC obligatory threatened the bout as he would have been because of problem the ‘Gypsy King’ in February.
Now although, as a brand new obligatory has been put in, the timeline has been reset.
Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum taunted: “Dillian Whyte was so busy preventing for his WBC obligatory place that he didn’t see Povetkin’s uppercut, which knocked him chilly on his ass.
“Pulev will KO Joshua subsequent. London Bridges are falling.”
Nonetheless, Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn stated post-fight: “We’ve a rematch clause.
“Very first thing Dillian stated when he got here out was, ‘Get me that rematch, get me that rematch.’
“We are going to train that rematch clause, we are going to look to make that earlier than the tip of the yr.
“And pay attention, it’s an enormous battle, it’s a really harmful battle now as a result of clearly back-to-back defeats for Dillian Whyte throws a really totally different shade on it.
“However I do know that he’ll come again from this.”