Frank Warren Not Interested In Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte
Queensberry Promotions’ Frank Warren doesn’t like the idea of Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte.
Fury is currently without an opponent for December 5, although Agit Kabayel appears to be the lead candidate. Whyte was scheduled to take on Alexander Povetkin in a rematch on November 21 but Povetkin tested positive for COVID-19. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn suggested a showdown between Fury and Whyte for the WBC Heavyweight Title.
Warren spoke to talkSPORT and he made it clear that he feels Whyte lost his opportunity when he was stopped by Povetkin back in August.
“Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Dillian Whyte get absolutely poleaxed in his last fight? At that time, he was the mandatory challenger to Tyson, he kept going on about it, he was going to sue everybody. Then stupidly, they put him in with Povetkin and he poleaxed him. That’s it, he’s lost his chance. We don’t need him. What is in it for us?”
Going into the bout with Povetkin, Whyte was the interim WBC Heavyweight Champion. He even had mandatory status for a showdown with Fury. That distinction blew up in smoke once Whyte was beaten by Povetkin. Even if he emerges victorious in the rematch, which is targeted for January, there’s no guarantee that Whyte will get the mandatory label back.
Fury was expected to take on Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout in December. That plan went awry when Wilder’s rematch clause supposedly expired. Now, Fury is looking to put his WBC gold on the line in London before fighting Anthony Joshua sometime in 2021. Joshua must get past Kubrat Pulev on December 12.