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Fury Expects WBC To Allow Joshua Fight Before Making Mandated Defense Against Whyte

Tyson Fury repeatedly prefaces his comments about his future by insisting that he isn’t taking for granted that he’ll beat Deontay Wilder when they fight for the third time.

If Fury indeed defeats Wilder again, the unbeaten heavyweight champion expects the WBC to allow him to face Anthony Joshua in his following fight. Dillian Whyte is the WBC’s interim champion and the mandatory challenger for Fury’s belt, but Fury is almost certain that the WBC would grant him an exception to allow a full unification fight before facing Whyte.

A bout between Fury and Joshua, the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO champion, has been billed as the biggest fight in British boxing history.

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The WBC announced before the COVID-19 pandemic began that Whyte would have to get his title shot by February 2021, assuming Whyte were to continue winning. That deadline was established before the sport’s entire schedule changed due to the coronavirus crisis.

England’s Fury and Alabama’s Wilder might not even fight a third time until December, perhaps later. Whyte, meanwhile, is supposed to face Russia’s Alexander Povetkin sometime this summer in a fight that already has been postponed twice.

“To be honest with you, I know Dillian Whyte’s the mandatory,” Fury told IFL TV in an interview posted to its YouTube channel recently. “He’s the WBC mandatory. I inherited him from Deontay Wilder. But at the moment, I’ve got an immediate rematch with Wilder. I know that Dillian’s going on about, ‘Oh, fight me instead.’

“But Wilder ain’t gonna give up 25 million dollars, is he, 30 million quid? I can’t see that happening to let Dillian Whyte go and have his money. So, after that fight, yeah, then I think that there’s a mandatory due. Don’t quote me on this, but I’m almost a hundred percent or 95 percent that all organizations will sanction a unification [fight] before a mandatory [defense]. Don’t quote me.”

According to WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, Whyte (27-1, 18 KOs) became the WBC’s mandatory challenger when he beat Colombia’s Oscar Rivas (26-1, 18 KOs) by unanimous decision in their 12-round elimination match July 20 at O2 Arena in London. England’s Whyte has been the WBC’s number one contender for well over two years, though, and feels his title shot is long overdue.

Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) and Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) were tentatively scheduled to meet a third time July 18 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the same venue where Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their rematch February 22. Their third bout was pushed back to October 3 and then delayed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

England’s Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) is expected to make a mandated defense of his IBF title against Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) before the end of this year. Joshua and Pulev were scheduled to meet June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, but their fight also has been postponed for an indefinite period.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Tyistall on 05-31-2020

Fury is now the new Wilder. He will avoid mandatories, fight bums and overprice himself out of a unification fight with AJ. He also will get KOed as soon as he fights someone decent like DuBois, AJ, Whyte or another…

Comment by Marchegiano on 05-31-2020

Dillian cries too much. He should just fight a decent opponent on the Joshua-Fury undercard. Whyte - Wilder is still a great support fight. Whyte - Ortiz or Ruiz would also be a great fight to see before the main…

Comment by Someone88 on 05-31-2020

Fury should fight Joshua and Whyte eventually!

Comment by koolkc107 on 05-31-2020

[QUOTE=Akutalee;20587329]Whyte took that fight on short notice so stop lying Fury had a full camp for Otto[/QUOTE] Wach found out AFTER Whyte did so he had even shorter notice. Wach, who got knocked out earlier in the year by a…

Comment by Counterleft on 05-31-2020

[QUOTE=petero;20587410]Rivas? Oh I'm sure Fury lost a LOT of sleep worrying about a 6'0" heavyweight. What are you smoking? Whatever the strain you would make a fortune selling it. You and 1hourBum must be cousins?[/QUOTE] The fact is that Tyson…

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