With enough time, anything is possible. That is especially true for boxing. Negotiations can lead to a variety of situations, while the health of a fighter can be severely impacted by layoffs. By putting all of these factors together, the WBC has an interesting situation on its hands.
There is a three-man race for the WBC Heavyweight Title. Currently, champion Tyson Fury is scheduled to face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout from their February fight. The two are reportedly scheduled to fight one another on December 19. This all depends on Wilder’s biceps surgery. If Wilder (42-1-1) is somehow unavailable, as he has remained silent since the surgery, then another mandatory challenger could take his place.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman spoke to Sky Sports about the possibility of Fury (30-0-1) fighting interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Dillian Whyte before the end of 2020. If everything went according to plan, the fight would be on.
“It could happen if they reach an agreement, and they accept that to happen. It could happen yes,” Sulaiman stated.
Currently, Whyte (27-1) is scheduled to face Alexander Povetkin in the finale of “Matchroom Fight Camp” on August 22. Ranked number one by the WBC since 2017, Whyte initially offered his services if Wilder was unable to compete. With a deadline of February 2021 for him to get his title shot, Whyte was notified that he must get a shot at either Wilder or Fury right away, according to the WBC.
Other factors in play within the heavyweight division is an undisputed heavyweight title fight. Fury and Anthony Joshua have agreed in principle to fight one another in 2021. However, with the WBC’s ruling of Whyte getting his shot, that would mean a Joshua fight wouldn’t happen in the first half of 2021. Sulaiman made sure to provide an understanding of the current situation.
“There’s so much hype, so much speculation about so many different things,” Sulaiman went on to say. “There’s the position that’s very clear. The third fight and then the mandatory must take place. There are resources known in the sport that could lead to other scenarios, but the WBC’s position and ruling is as I stated.”