Tyson Fury Has Another Opponent In Mind If He Doesn’t Fight Anthony Joshua
The next few months should be pretty busy for WBC and lineal Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury. If he can beat Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout, the path is clear for him to take on Anthony Joshua. With delays and the unpredictability of boxing, however, what if Fury doesn’t get what he wants right away?
Fury (30-0-1) spoke to Sky Sports about his desire to compete for all the gold. There are a few fighters in the heavyweight division after him, including interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Dillian Whyte. The “Gypsy King” wouldn’t mind taking down Whyte if given the opportunity.
“You know, I got this Wilder rematch and then we’ll hopefully get the Joshua fight done,” Fury stated, via Boxing Scene. “But if that fight doesn’t happen, then yeah, we’ll take on Dillian Whyte, give him a beating. Why not?”
This comes after Fury stated “happy hunting” to Whyte and that undisputed comes before mandatory.
Whyte (27-1) was ranked number one by the WBC in 2017. He also won the interim WBC Heavyweight Title in 2019. There is a February 2021 deadline for him to receive a title shot, but nothing has come to fruition yet. He continues to wait, and “The Body Snatcher” has become impatient.
“I’ve waited long enough now and I’ve been mandatory and number one for long enough now,” Whyte would end up stating. “The WBC have got to uphold their end of their bargain. I’ve more than done my bit, I’ve more than done what’s required of me and what’s been asked of me. I just want to be full WBC world champion. It’s one of the highest prizes in sport, the WBC heavyweight championship.”
The 32-year-old Whyte went on to say that if Wilder isn’t available following biceps surgery, he should get the first shot at Fury. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn believes he should as well, and now Fury would be interested in putting on a show with Whyte. Whyte will be more than ready, as his planned bout with Alexander Povetkin has been scrapped. If it ends up getting moved to August, however, it could delay his shot at a title even further.
Joshua is expected to face off against Kubrat Pulev sometime this year. Their June bout was postponed due to the coronavirus. With only time to plan, Fury is ready and willing to fight anyone. If he is serious, Whyte would be glad to take Fury up on the offer.