Whyte To Fight WBC Decision On Wilder Mandatory
Dillian Whyte believes his status as WBC silver heavyweight champion, has earned him the right to be the WBC’s mandatory challenger to heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Whyte is looking to battle a recent decision that orders Whyte to fight Luis Ortiz for to be the “second mandatory” to Dominic Breazeale, who is slotted as the mandatory challenger for Wilder’s title.
Eddie Hearn, who promotes Whyte, told Sky Sports they plan to fight the WBC’s recent set of orders.
“We’re going to appeal that. [WBC president] Mauricio Sulaiman said he would talk about it this week, and maybe post a resolution,” Hearn exclusively told Sky Sports.
“If [Anthony] Joshua doesn’t fight Wilder, then Wilder will fight Breazeale. If Wilder fights Breazeale, he doesn’t need to be the mandatory. But Wilder’s team will want Breazeale to be the mandatory because there isn’t much credibility in the fight. Let that fight be a voluntary, then the winner of Whyte-Ortiz is the mandatory.”
The issue doesn’t lie in fighting Ortiz, it comes with the idea of being a “Second mandatory” instead of being the mandatory opponent.
“We don’t mind fighting Ortiz but it has to be for the mandatory, not to be the ‘second mandatory’ behind a guy who has never fought an eliminator and who is behind Whyte in the rankings. It’s outrageous,” Hearn said.
The situation is further muddled with the previous report of Whyte and Kubrat Pulev being sent to a purse bid for an IBF final eliminator.
“It’s a good fight. Dillian can become IBF mandatory and that’s a good place for him to be,” Hearn said.
“[Promoter Kalle Sauerland] has Pulev and we’re in extensive dialogue to make the fight. I don’t think me and Kalle have ever been to a purse bid – usually we make a deal! Different fights have different characteristics to the deal.”
Original Story: SKY Sports