Will Tyson Fury Make Voluntary Defense Against Dillian Whyte?
WBC board of governors held their 59th convention on Tuesday to announce matchups for 2022, but one of the most-anticipated fights was overlooked by the sanctioning body.
Boxing fans were expecting to order Tyson Fury to be booked for a heavyweight title defense against interim champion Dillian Whyte, but according to the WBC, Whyte will not be confirmed as the mandatory challenger until a lawsuit from Whyte is resolved.
A legal arbitration could take months to resolve.
Whenever both heavyweights will lock horns, the fight purse is likely to be 80-20 purse split in Fury’s favor. According to WBC’s rules, fights between full and interim champions should have a 55-45 purse split, but the sanctioning body can overrule it at their discretion.
The Gypsy King’s promoter, Frank Warren, has already said that he wants Tyson Fury to fight in first quarter of 2022.
“That might be against Whyte but having only boxed once in 18 months, Tyson will want to be active,” Warren explained.
As for Whyte, he has had a topsy-turvy ride since last year.
In 2020, Whyte lost to Alexander Povetkin, which put an end to his reign as the WBC No. 1 for more than 1,000 days. This year, he avenged the loss and regained his status as mandatory challenger.
The Jamaica-native was then scheduled to fight Otto Wallin in October, but he had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.