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Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua edges closer after Dillian Whyte's defeat

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Dillian Whyte's brutal defeat by Alexander Povetkin may have left the heavyweight with a headache - but it cleared another one up for the rest of the boxing world.

Having waited more than 1,000 days for his shot at the world title, the Londoner was not going to pass up the chance to fight Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder if he came through against the veteran Russian.

But having been pole-axed by Povetkin in the fifth round last night, Whyte is further away than ever from a shot at the big time.

Instead of heading into Christmas dreaming of wrapping the WBC belt around his waist, he will be plotting his revenge against a man he didn't have to fight in the first place.

Whyte accepted Povetkin's challenge earlier this year and should have taken on the talented but ageing former champion in Manchester in May.

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And despite the delay due to the coronavirus crisis, Whyte honoured the deal and instead fought Povetkin in promoter Eddie Hearn's back garden.

How he may regret that decision now.

But for Hearn, who represents both Whyte and Anthony Joshua, it's not all bad news.

Having reached an agreement in principle for Joshua and Fury to meet next year, the road to that undisputed fight is suddenly clearer.

Assuming Fury can dispose of Wilder for a second time, he will no longer be faced with a mandatory challenger - that right is not automatically transferred to Povetkin.

He can instead look forward to taking on his fellow countryman and world champion in Joshua next summer.

And Joshua, meanwhile, knows he can go into his December clash with Kubrat Pulev with the stakes raised and the promise of all four belts around his waist in 2021.

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The only other remaining doubt is the elephant in the room in Oleksandr Usyk who is the mandatory challenger to Joshua's WBO belt.

He remains on course to fight Dereck Chisora later this year in just his second heavyweight outing and insists he will not step aside to allow Joshua to fight Fury.

But Hearn has never seemed unduly concerned about the Ukrainian following through with his promise and, even if he doesn't show it in public, will now be buoyed at the prospect of crowning the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis.

The promoter did admit: "One of the stumbling blocks was that early in 2021 the mandatory defense against Dillian Whyte. Alexander Povetkin won’t be called as that immediate mandatory even though he sits at number one position.

"So, yes, that frees up Tyson Fury to fight Anthony Joshua after the Deontay Wilder fight. For me, I wanted Dillian Whyte to get that opportunity.

"I thought a good win would secure that and I thought he deserved that but he did lose and now he needs to rematch and try to beat Alexander Povetkin."

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