“These are heavyweights. They can’t go into a fight thinking ahead to another fighter that they’re having, they have to concentrate completely on the fight they are having. Dillian Whyte got what he deserved…. the horrible things that he was saying about Tyson Fury, how he was pestering the WBC about his mandatory position and trying to break up a potential Fury-Joshua fight down the road. Eddie Hearn, of course, flapping his mouth didn’t help,” Arum told IFL TV.
“But the WBC held their ground, because they knew that Whyte was in a difficult fight with a tried and true professional like Povetkin, and they waited to see what would happen after that fight.
“Again, if Kubrat Pulev doesn’t beat Joshua, which I believe he will but if he doesn’t and Joshua wins, and Tyson Fury is able to again face Wilder and beat Wilder, then we can look forward without any kind obstacles to a Fury and Joshua fight, which is the obviously the biggest heavyweight match of our time,” Arum added.
“Neither guy, this should be a lesson to both of them…. don’t look ahead to a future opponent and concentrate on the guy you are fighting.
“They are heavyweights and they punch well. And Povetkin, he always punched well. He didn’t have the greatest chin in the world, he doesn’t have the greatest stamina in the world, but he is a tried and true professional. But if you let your guard down and you become overconfident, you are going to get knocked out like Dillian Whyte got knocked out.
“Dillian Whyte did know one any favors by talking about Tyson Fury, talking about fighting Tyson Fury, when he was fighting Povetkin. I think Matchroom was selling the fight on Sky on pay-per-view and I think the numbers are not very good, because you don’t promote a fight by talking about fighting the next guy. You promote a fight by talking about fighting the guy who’s in front of you.”