Whyte's shock Povetkin KO defeat is a 'godsend' as Joshua and Fury could be more encouraged to fight him, says Nelson

DILLIAN WHYTE'S shock knockout defeat against Alexander Povetkin could prove to be a 'godsend', Johnny Nelson predicted.

Whyte, 32, had spent over 1,000 days as the WBC's No1 challenger before his mandatory status went up in smoke following his upset loss.

But his past frustrations having been unable to fight heavyweight rulers Tyson Fury, 32, and Anthony Joshua, 30, could now be over.

Former cruiserweight title holder Nelson believes the world champions & Co may be more encouraged to fight Whyte now.

He told talkSPORT: “I actually think it might be a good thing.

“Now, after being knocked out, other fighters will think that’s twice now at this level.

“That’s the same shot that he’s been knocked out with – I’ll have some of that.

"So that vulnerability makes him more enticing. The same thing with Anthony Joshua after Andy Ruiz made him look more enticing.

“If and when Tyson Fury loses, once you see the blueprint to beating somebody, then it’s like ‘ahhh, there you go!’

“There’s no blueprint for Fury right now, but when somebody finds it, things will get interesting.

“But I think for Dillian Whyte, him losing might actually be a godsend because when he was winning and winning and winning, people thought ‘nah, I don’t want any of that.'”



Whyte will get his crack at redemption on November 21 after exercising his rematch clause.

A win for the heavyweight contender again lines him up with the chance to fight unbeaten Fury.

But the Gypsy King has already verbally agreed a two-fight deal with WBA, IBF and WBO king Joshua for 2021.

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