Boxing Fight: “You don’t take a guy like Dillian Whyte lightly,” says Tyson Fury’s promoter Bob Arum, who has confirmed that talks for a fight in early-2022 have begun.
WBC heavyweight champion Fury was forced by the governing body earlier this week to begin discussions with Whyte, who has been named as his mandatory challenger.
As a result, Anthony Joshua is expected to go with the second bout he announced against Oleksandr Usyk, the new IBF, WBA, and WBO champion, whose promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports: “Talks have taken place and are continuing. The rematch is the basic platform.”
Arum, who promotes Fury in the United States for Top Rank, told Sky Sports: “Why would Fury be so dismissive of Whyte?
“Bombs are thrown by heavyweights. He’ll be in a lot of trouble if he doesn’t respect him.
“Fury is a seasoned pro and a formidable fighter, and he understands that a man like Whyte should not be underestimated.”
Whyte was the first to reach the top of the WBC rankings in 2017, and he regained his temporary title by defeating Alexander Povetkin in a rematch.
He’ll finally get a shot at the world crown for the first time.
“[Fury’s UK promoter] Frank Warren spoke with Tyson [on Wednesday], who wants to fight in February or March,” Arum confirmed.
“Right now, we’re talking to Whyte about putting the fight on in the UK.”
“It’ll be a fantastic fight, and we’re hard at work putting it together.”
After back-to-back wins over Deontay Wilder, Fury told Sky Sports last month regarding his next opponent: “Whoever is available, whoever makes sense.”
According to Arum, the undisputed heavyweight championship match might take place in late 2022.
“Usyk will almost certainly fight Joshua now, as he is bound to do,” he said.
“If Usyk defeats Joshua, there will be a tremendous battle between Usyk and Fury.”
Fury’s last five fights have all taken place in the United States, including the Wilder trilogy and victories over Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin.
“It will be great,” Arum remarked of Fury’s return to the UK to face Whyte.
“In the United States, he has built such a name for himself that many mistake him for an American!”
“He’s been Americanized.” He owns a house in Vegas. He has a friendly demeanour. People are drawn to him, and they adore him.
“He’s done an excellent job of seizing the American market.”
On his 90th birthday, Bob Arum
On his 90th birthday, veteran promoter Arum spoke to Sky Sports, a reminder of his storied career in boxing.
Muhammad Ali’s grandson Nico Ali Walsh competes in the early hours of Sunday morning, and Arum promoted 27 of Ali’s fights, including ‘The Rumble in the Jungle versus George Foreman.
Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Mike Tyson, and a slew of other legends have all worked with Arum.
Josh Taylor, the undisputed super-lightweight champion, is in his Top Rank stable right now, defending his title against Jack Catterall.
Arum’s 2,119th boxing event is Vasiliy Lomachenko’s return versus Richard Commey in the early hours of Sunday morning.
His goal for the coming year is to: “I’d love to promote a bout for the undisputed heavyweight title.
“It would transport me to Ali’s era when the title was united.
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