Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte has accepted the proposed terms for a potential WBC final eliminator with Tyson Fury.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman had proposed the idea of that eliminator, with the winner getting a mandatory crack at world champion Deontay Wilder.
Wilder retained his title last week, when he knocked out mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale in the first round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Whyte is scheduled to fight on July 20th, when he takes on Oscar Rivas at the O2 Arena in London.
And Fury returns on June 15th, against unbeaten contender Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Fury initially rejected the idea of facing Whyte, but then changed his mind and said he would do so - if the WBC sanctioned the fight for the "diamond title."
“Tyson Fury said he will fight Dillian Whyte for the WBC Diamond championship,” Hearn told IFL TV.
“So we’ve told the WBC we accept that, no problem. So we’re [Whyte] fighting Oscar Rivas, and the WBC will order Tyson Fury against Dillian Whyte.
"Tyson Fury will have to confirm after he fights on June 15th, whether he’ll keep his word and accept that fight, so we will see. We’ve said to the WBC, ‘Please order that fight,’ which they’ve confirmed they will do. We’re getting the final resolution down, and we will see if Tyson Fury will fight Dillian Whyte after June 15th."
“I’m not interested in the Diamond belt. I’m interested in Dillian Whyte vs. Tyson Fury. It’s a great fight. But Dillian Whyte wants to fight Deontay Wilder. If the WBC is saying he has to fight Oscar Rivas and Tyson Fury to get to Wilder, so be it. Right now, he has to beat Oscar Rivas on July 20th, which is a great fight."