Dillian Whyte Declares He Should Be Next for Tyson Fury
WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) is still basking in the glow of his exciting 11th round knockout win over ex-WBC champ Deontay Wilder. Tons of praise have come towards the winner’s way following the fight. It’s well-deserved as Fury ended their trilogy emphatically and spectacularly.
Now it’s onto the next for the champ. While he wants to take a break to spend time with his family, the business of boxing is ever-present. That means speculating on his next move in the ring. The obvious choice for many fans would be a showdown with unified IBF/WBA ‘super’/WBO heavyweight champ Oleksandr Usyk.
Then there are the business and regulations of the WBC, which have to come into play. With that reality, the other alternative is a title defense against Dillian Whyte, who is Fury’s mandatory challenger and the current WBC ‘interim’ world heavyweight belt-holder.
Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) has an upcoming fight against Otto Wallin on October 30. The WBC ordered, should he defeat Wallin, Fury’s next title defense must come against Whyte. While his primary focus is on defeating Wallin, the fighter nicknamed the “Body Snatcher” told Sky Sports that he deserves to be Fury’s next opponent.
HE WANTS HIS SHOT
“Fury has the belt. Hopefully now the WBC forces my position and Fury has no choice. It’s a massive British fight, a major fight for Britain. I am looking to fight Fury next, if everything goes according to plan.
My mindset is that I’ve got nothing to lose. I’m not scared to take risks. They see danger in fighting me. I will risk it all, if need be.”
Whyte’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has echoed his fighter’s sentiment. The CEO of Matchroom Boxing went to social media to also call for a fight against Fury.
“As fans, we should be calling for Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte. Imagine the build-up, imagine the fight. It does well over a million PPV buys, sells out a stadium. That is the fight. The winner fights the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua II.” ~ Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing CEO
CAMPAIGNING TO GET A WORLD TITLE SHOT
This move is both, calculated and strategic, and understandable. Dillian Whyte has been waiting for his opportunity for what seems like forever and is frustrated at being unable to secure a title shot. They are also banking on the WBC to abide by their guidelines.
All of this would be a moot point were he to lose to Wallin. If successful, one would certainly understand their motive. The truth is, Dillian Whyte is a top 5 heavyweight and has been one for a number of years. If anyone has earned a world title shot, it’s certainly him. The ultimate question becomes, will he, at long last, finally get it?
By: Michael Wilson Jr.