On August 22, Dillian Whyte lost his interim WBC Heavyweight Title to Alexander Povetkin. One shot in the fifth round took out Whyte, who was a mandatory challenger for the WBC title since 2017. It ended up being a big win for Team Fury.
Tyson Fury, the WBC and lineal Heavyweight Champion, is set to face off against Deontay Wilder in December. If he was to beat Wilder and Whyte did win his bout, Fury would be ordered to face the interim champion. Now, Whyte, who focused all of his attention on Fury and Anthony Joshua, will have to fight Povetkin again to regain his status.
“These are heavyweights. They can’t go into a fight thinking ahead to another fighter that they’re having, they have to concentrate completely on the fight they are having,” Bob Arum told IFL TV, via Boxing Scene. “Dillian Whyte got what he deserved…. the horrible things that he was saying about Tyson Fury, how he was pestering the WBC about his mandatory position and trying to break up a potential Fury-Joshua fight down the road. Eddie Hearn, of course, flapping his mouth didn’t help.”
A rematch between Whyte and Povetkin is expected to take place in December as well. If Joshua can get past Kubrat Pulev and Oleksandr Usyk doesn’t get in the way, then Joshua and Fury have agreed in principle to face off against one another in 2021.
In order to get that fight to happen, rumors came about of going straight to a Joshua-Fury fight. Fury is willing to go through with his mandatory fight to face Joshua but doesn’t think Team Matchroom is committed. Calling out Joshua and Hearn before, Fury is ready for those two to step it up.
“Eddie Hearn was trying to protect Joshua, trying to put a hurdle in the way with Whyte. The biggest fight out there now is me and Joshua, so let’s make it happen,” Fury stated to BT Sport Boxing, via Boxing Scene.
“Stop running away, stop making excuses, put your n**s in your handbag and let’s fight.”