Whyte Calls WBO A Joke After Usyk Ruling
Dillian Whyte continues to be unhappy, as the WBC silver heavyweight champion feels the WBO has passed him over in making Oleksandr Usyk the mandatory challenger for their world heavyweight title.
Usyk, who began the year the undisputed cruiserweight champion, holding the WBO title among three other crowns, made the move up to heavyweight and applied to become the mandatory challenger in exchange for his vacating of the cruiserweight crown.
“I can’t get over the fact the WBO have made Oleksandr Usyk mandatory challenger for their heavyweight title. It’s a joke, pure and simple. I get it that he was the undisputed cruiserweight champion, but at least let the man have a fight at heavyweight first. You can’t just hand it to him. But this is boxing, it’s full of nonsense. If you let yourself get bogged down in the politics and the hype then this sport will make you lose your mind,” Whyte told Talk Sport of Usyk, who pulled out of a fight with Carlos Takam due to injury.
“Usyk is supposedly injured now and he didn’t even apply for the mandatory position until after Anthony Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz Jr. These guys want to pick and choose. He’s looking at Ruiz Jr and thinking ‘I can beat him’ but he wasn’t saying that when Joshua was champion, was he?”
Whyte is also furious at the governing body after moving him to third in their latest rankings, moving Tyson Fury the number 2 contender following his stoppage of Tom Schwarz in June.
“They have just parachuted a novice heavyweight into the number one spot before he’s even had a fight and added further insult to injury by slotting Fury in above me for beating Tom Schwarz. It’s beyond a f***ing joke,” Whyte said.
“Fury hasn’t beaten anyone of note since returning from his steroid ban. Sefer Seferi, Francesco Pianeta and Tom Schwarz are all nobodies. Wouldn’t it be funny if the WBO title gets vacated and they call Usyk against Fury for the belt. Just watch Fury run like he did from me when the WBC ordered him to fight me for the diamond belt at his request. ‘Gypsy King’, my arse. Run Gypsy Coward, run!”
Report: Talk Sport