Whyte Willing to Face Fury in Eliminator
Despite Dillian Whyte’s chase for WBC mandatory status lasting over a year now, he admits there is one person he’d be willing to fight in a final eliminator: Tyson Fury.
Whyte expressed disgust last year when Dominic Breazeale was given mandatory status while he was ordered to face Luis Ortiz in an eliminator. Whyte instead scored wins over Joseph Parker and Dereck Chisora in 2018, and he is scheduled to face Oscar Rivas in July.
Breazeale will finally get his shot at WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder next week at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
There’s been hope that the fight with Rivas can give Whyte WBC mandatory status if he wins; however, Whyte now says if he has to go through one more opponent after Rivas for the mandatory status claim, he’d hope to face former unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Whyte, however, claims Fury isn’t as willing.
If Tyson Fury wants the fight, the fight is there. We’ve been trying to fight Tyson Fury. I’m not scared of Tyson Fury. I’ll fight Tyson Fury any day, any time, anywhere. I’m ready. I’ve been ready, trying to fight him.
“It’s not a fight he wants,” Whyte said. “Tyson Fury is clever. He doesn’t want to put a lot of light on the fight, because he knows he might get pushed into taking the fight. What he’s doing, he’s just biding his time, letting these idiots jump on the bandwagon and put their two pence in, that’s all.”
Fury challenged Wilder back in December, going to a split draw. A rematch was planned but won’t be happening now that Fury signed a co-promotional deal with Top Rank.
Whyte’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, hopes the WBC will consider putting something like contendership status at stake in the Whyte-Rivas clash.
“We’re all trying to come up with a resolution that’s fair and we haven’t yet, so we’re still pushing,” Hearn said. “We want the Rivas fight to be for something very significant for the WBC and that’s probably an interim world title fight and to become the mandatory to the winner of Deontay Wilder against Dominic Breazeale.”
Original Story: Sky Sports