What Does Eddie Hearn Think About The ‘Franchise’ Tag For Tyson Fury?
There appears to be a clashing of different opinions when it comes to what is best for boxing’s heavyweight division.
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn recently talked with Boxing Social about the situation regarding the title scene at heavyweight. He is hoping to take care of his fighters, including interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Dillian Whyte. Currently, Whyte is ranked number first by the WBC and has been since 2017. Whyte has been waiting for his chance at the WBC Title, with the deadline being February 2021. There are a few factors that need to be sorted out, however.
The WBC Heavyweight Champion is Tyson Fury, and he is set to face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight sometime before the end of the year. Depending on the severity of Wilder’s biceps injury, Whyte could get an early fight. If that can’t happen, however, and Fury beats Wilder, he would be ready for a fight against Anthony Joshua. The two agreed in principle to fight in 2021 for the undisputed heavyweight title.
Another factor is the idea that Fury could be promoted to a “franchise” champion while Whyte could have the interim tag taken away from him. Hearn, however, believes Whyte should get the shot at Fury or Wilder first over Joshua, without any complications.
“We don’t want the WBC to make Fury ‘franchise’ champion,” Hearn stated, via Boxing Scene. “Let him take care of his mandatory just like Joshua’s taking care of his… We don’t want to be elevated from ‘interim’ champ. He wants to fight the champion, he wants to fight Fury.
“Dillian Whyte actually has to take priority, in my opinion, over Anthony Joshua, to get that shot. We will do everything we can to deliver that.”
Whyte has since decided to take action against the WBC and is looking to restructure his current deal. This is during a time when his fight against Alexander Povetkin was called off by Matchroom as a result of the coronavirus.
Hearn and Top Rank’s Bob Arum may not be on the same page, and it is unsure what will be done when it comes to the WBC Heavyweight Title situation. Stay tuned as more updates are expected to be released.