Hearn: Wilder-Fury Want No Part Of Whyte
This week the WBC announced that the winner of Dillian Whyte and Oscar Rivas’ fight at the O2 Arena, will become the interim WBC world heavyweight champion, something Eddie Hearn believes neither Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury want any part of.
While Wilder would have to get through Luis Ortiz this September and Fury has a fight set for the fall, both men are alleged to fight on February 22nd, with the Whyte-Rivas winner awaiting them.
“I don’t think they’re very happy and they’ll try everything they can to try and get out of it, but now we have it solid,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“[Whyte]’s wanted Wilder for a long, long time. Fury called him out recently and we have publicly accepted that challenge and he’s changed his mind, so I don’t think anyone wants to fight Dillian Whyte. That’s why we’ve had to force the mandatory position.
“It’s going to be interesting, but that’s again why we had to get this position,” Hearn continued; “because no one is going to choose Dillian Whyte to fight.”
“Once the Luis Ortiz fight was allowed, which we knew it would always be allowed, Dillian was going to fight in November-December anyway,” said Hearn of their interim title request. “Dillian always wants a proper fight, but once he’s got the guaranteed mandatory shot, my advice would not be to fight (Oleksandr) Usyk or (Alexander) Povetkin, or those kind of guys.
“I think he’ll maybe go to the States, and have a fight, and get ready for the winner of Wilder-Fury.”
Report: Sky Sports