Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte is questioning the top level status of WBC world champion Tyson Fury.

Last month, Whyte avenged a brutal knockout loss from last August when he stopped Alexander Povetkin in the fourth round of their rematch.

The victory secured him the WBC's interim-world title, which places Whyte in a very good position for a potential world title shot in the future. 

That world title shot will not come around until 2022 at the earliest - as Fury is attempting to finale a two-fight unification series with IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO champion Anthony Joshua.

The first of the two bouts is being targeted to take place in July.

Fury has been out of the ring since stopping Deontay Wilder in seven rounds in February 2020 to capture the WBC title.

Whyte is not impressed with Fury's run as a top-tier fighter.

"Everyone lets him get away with talking sh!t. It's frustrating. Klitschko was a great fighter, a great champion, but when he fought Klitschko, I don't know what happened to Klitschko that day. Wladimir, sometimes he's good and other times - it didn't seem like he was there to fight. With Wladimir, it's like some fights he's good, then other fights it's like he's just psychologically not there. He wasn't there that night for sure and we never got to see the rematch," Whyte told Sky Sports.

"Fury and Wilder get too much credit for their padded, cherry-picked records and have only beaten one current Ring Magazine top 10 fighter each. I've beaten three. Fury calls himself the greatest of all time, yet has turned down fights against me, even when ordered by the WBC. The guy's a joker.

"[Fury] fought Wilder and beat Wilder, but I've been trying to fight Wilder for a long time. If I had fought Wilder, I'd have beaten Wilder before Fury. If I'd have beaten Wilder, I'd be undisputed WBC champion by now. As things stand there are two WBC world heavyweight champions. We have exactly the same belt. How can Fury fight to be undisputed when he is not even the undisputed WBC champion?"