There have been some rumblings regarding a potential change in the status of WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury. This is due to multiple matchups in play for the “Gypsy King” and the names he would be facing. The World Boxing Council would like to clear a few things up.
Fury (30-0-1) won the WBC title from Deontay Wilder back in February. A one-sided affair, Fury was able to knock Wilder down before his corner threw in the towel. Now, the two are scheduled to face one another in a trilogy bout. Expected sometime between November or December, it is all depending on how Widler feels following biceps surgery and the coronavirus pandemic.
If Fury can beat Wilder, he is one step closer to facing Anthony Joshua. The two agreed in principle to face one another to determine the undisputed heavyweight champion. However, Dillian Whyte, the interim WBC Heavyweight Champion, has been waiting for his opportunity. An interim champion since July 2019 and mandatory for the WBC Title since 2017, Whyte is supposed to get a title shot before February 2021. He is ready to take action against the WBC unless he gets what he wants.
Top Rank’s Bob Arum has discussed the possibility of elevating the status of Whyte and Fury. He would consider making Whyte the champion while Fury becomes a “franchise” champion. Speaking with World Boxing News, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman discussed the option, stating that Whyte will get a fight right after the Fury-Wilder bout.
Sulaiman also discussed that no talks of a “franchise” champion were made with him.
“We can clarify to WBN that there’s certainly been zero communication with any party with this (franchise) request,” Sulaiman stated. “I have only seen it in the media… The WBC has consistently confirmed that a mandatory bout between the WBC world heavyweight champion must take place with the mandatory challenger and Interim champion Dillian Whyte. This must take place after Fury vs Wilder III.
“Under those circumstances, and with an order in place, the WBC would not consider a request to elevate anyone in the heavyweight division to Franchise Champion before that division’s mandatory obligations are fulfilled.”
Just like the WBC, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn wants to make sure Whyte gets his title opportunity. This comes during a time in which Whyte was supposed to face Alexander Povetkin, the bout was postponed due to COVID-19 and eventually, it was nixed by Matchroom.
Joshua must also get past Kubrat Pulev to face off against Fury or Wilder. If the statement is true, Fury may end up fighting multiple times within the next few months.