Due to COVID-19 and several other factors, the WBC Heavyweight Title scene is a crowded one. With fights planned for the next few months, the division will be busy. Will expected clashes take place as planned, however?
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn spoke to IFL TV regarding the three-man race between Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, and Dillian Whyte. Back in February, Wilder (42-1-1) and Fury (30-0-1) fought in a rematch of their 2018 bout. Fury controlled all aspects of the fight, beating Wilder after his corner threw in the towel. Wilder, having now lost the WBC Heavyweight Championship, immediately exercised his rematch clause.
The fight is expected to take place in December. This all depends on if Wilder has healed up from biceps surgery. Whyte (27-1), the interim WBC heavyweight Champion, has offered to replace Wilder if he wasn’t ready. Hearn discussed the situation, including the fact that Whyte must get a title shot before February 2021.
“I’ll do Whyte-Fury. I’ll stick the dough up. It’s a huge fight,” Hearn stated, via Boxing Scene. “We haven’t heard from Deontay Wilder. He hasn’t been vocal about the third fight. But we understand the position. Tyson Fury has got to fight Deontay Wilder. Good luck, crack on. It’s difficult for everyone.
“Will they do Fury against Wilder 3, and will they do it in November or December? The cut-off date for Whyte to fight for the WBC title is the end of February, and we expect that to be kept to.”
Whyte is preparing to defend his interim title against Alexander Povetkin. Originally set to fight in May, the two will face off in the finale of “Matchroom Fight Camp” on August 22. The mandatory WBC challenger since 2017, Whyte will face one of the two no matter what, per a ruling by the WBC. This comes after Fury and Anthony Joshua agreed in principle to fight one another in 2021.
If Wilder and Fury were to fight in December, there may be a chance a Whyte fight would be delayed. Damage sustained and a planned date would be major factors. Hearn is willing to expand Whyte’s mandatory deadline.
“If they [Fury-Wilder] fight in early December, and we make an agreement to fight in early March, yes, we will accept that,” Hearn went on to say.
It is unsure if the WBC or Whyte would comply.