Does Dillian Whyte Think Tyson Fury Is Planning Something Behind His Back?
While it has been teased before, Dillian Whyte believes that his status as interim WBC Heavyweight Champion can change in an instant. In fact, he thinks it will be done sooner than we think.
Whyte (27-1) is scheduled to face off against Alexander Povetkin on August 22 during the finale of “Matchroom Fight Camp” in Essex. WBC mandatory since 2017, Whyte envisions himself fighting for gold (which has been ordered if he was to win) and then avenging a loss to Anthony Joshua. Unfortunately, following Tyson Fury’s trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder in December, Whyte can see another scenario play out.
“I’ve got a feeling Fury will beat Wilder then vacate [his WBC title] then try and fight Joshua without the belt,” Whyte stated to Sky Sports. “I’ve got a feeling that’s what he will do. He doesn’t show any interest in a fight with me. They are already trying to put obstacles in the way of fighting me.
“He said when he beat Wilder that he would fight me because I deserved it. Blah blah blah. Typical Fury, he says one thing today and one thing tomorrow. Hopefully, he does fight me because it’s a big fight, and winnable for me.”
There have been rumors that Fury would be turned into a “franchise” champion and Whyte can be elevated. This comes after Joshua and Fury agreed in principle to fight one another in 2021. Whyte, interim champion since 2019, is looking to put an end to all of that.
Always one to share his thoughts on the current title situation, Whyte believes that both Joshua and Fury had a planned meeting while on vacation. He sees this whole thing as Fury abandoning his principles and not sticking to what has been ordered.
“Do you think Tyson Fury cares? Tyson Fury don’t care,” Whyte went on to say. “He used to say he was the lineal heavyweight champion, he let the public think he is, but he does what he wants to. Tyson Fury doesn’t care.
“He’s a man that says one thing today and then says something else tomorrow. He doesn’t give two hoots what the public thinks.”
The hope is that Fury can face Wilder by December. It would be a rematch from their February bout, one in which Fury took Wilder down several times. Bleeding by the ears, Wilder was unable to use any of his power against Fury. The corner of Wilder ended up throwing in the towel.
As far as a winner for the third bout, Whyte can see it going the same way.
“I can’t see Wilder beating him. Fury out-boxed him out-punched him, roughed him up. What’s Wilder going to do? He’s not suddenly going to become a great jabber or a mid-range fighter. He got out-boxed, bullied and beat up so I can’t see him winning the third fight unless Fury gets completely complacent and gets tagged, which can happen in heavyweight boxing.”
The co-main event of “Matchroom Fight Camp”, starting at 2 p.m. ET, will be Katie Taylor taking on Delfine Persoon in a rematch.