WBC President Says They’re Going To ‘Move Forward’ And Order Tyson Fury Vs. Dillian Whyte
Dillian Whyte might get to skip facing Otto Wallin after all.
That’s what World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman said will happen. Sulaiman admitted that WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will be ordered to make a mandatory defense against Whyte, who holds the WBC interim heavyweight title.
“The WBC order was very clear, that the winner of Fury vs Wilder has one month to try to secure the ultimate unification against Usyk, who defeated Joshua,” Sulaiman told Talk Sport.
“If they’re not capable of doing such, then the WBC would go with a mandatory, which is the interim champion. We have received from the British Boxing Board of Control the medical certification that Whyte could not fight Wallin because of the injury. So we are going to do what we promised, which is that way we are moving forward.”
After Fury successfully defended his belt against longtime rival Deontay Wilder – winning via 11th round knockout – the council ordered the British boxer to finalize a contract with WBO, IBF and WBA heavyweight champ Oleksandr Usyk, but he’s locked in with a contracted rematch with former champion Anthony Joshua.
Their previous order read:
“Considering the long inactivity in the division due to the pandemic, ongoing legal processes, and covid 19 infections, the WBC has ruled that the winner of this fight will have 30 days to secure a contract to unify the Heavyweight Division against WBO-IBF-WBA champion Oleksandr Usyk in search of an undisputed champion in the division.
“If no unification bout is secured within that time, the winner of Fury v. Wilder 3 must then fight next against the then reigning WBC Interim Heavyweight Champion.”
Despite pulling out of the Wallin bout due to a shoulder injury, Whyte is still the interim heavyweight champion.
Days after withdrawing, Whyte said he planned on facing Wallin or Fury next, but he wasn’t going to put off fighting Fury for Wallin because he’s been “waiting to fight for the world title.”