After waiting as long as he could, Dillian Whyte is doing what he believes is right.
The interim WBC heavyweight Champion has been the mandatory challenger for the WBC Title since 2017. He has also held the interim title since July 2019. Whyte, however, has still not received a title opportunity. The WBC has attempted to ease tensions by stating that Whyte would get a shot at the title by February 2021. However, with several plans in motion, Whyte is tired of waiting.
According to Sky Sports, Whyte (27-1) is taking legal action against the WBC and WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman. It is unknown the specifics, but Whyte is looking to restructure the terms of his signed contract.
“There is a procedure with regards to the date of the mandatory in the heavyweight division,” Sulaiman stated. “Upon direct advice of WBC legal counsel I am not in position to discuss any further.”
The former WBC Heavyweight Champion in Deontay Wilder has had opportunities to face Whyte. However, nothing came to fruition. Wilder then lost the title to Tyson Fury in a February rematch that saw Fury attack Wilder throughout. The two are scheduled for a trilogy bout sometime in November or December. Whyte has offered to replace Wilder if he isn’t ready for the fight as a result of biceps surgery.
Whyte must also deal with the idea of the winner of Wilder-Fury III facing the winner of Anthony Joshua-Kubrat Pulev in an undisputed heavyweight title fight. Fury and Joshua agreed in principle for two bouts starting in 2021. Looking to ease tensions, Top Rank’s Bob Arum discussed the idea of giving Fury “franchise” status while making Whyte the regular WBC Heavyweight Champion.
Whyte was supposed to face off against Alexander Povetkin on May 2, but the fight was postponed as a result of the coronavirus. Moved to around July, the fight was called off by Matchroom. The organization is looking to rebook the bout later this summer, with fans hopefully in attendance.