Boxing Fight: Promoter Bob Arum has said that Tyson Fury would prefer to face Oleksandr Usyk rather than Dillian Whyte in order to become the undisputed heavyweight champion.
At their annual convention on Tuesday night, the WBC did not officially order a mandatory challenger to Fury’s belt – they had been anticipated to give Whyte a shot and end his long wait.
Usyk, the IBF, WBA, and WBO champion, has agreed to a rematch with Anthony Joshua, who has exercised his option for an immediate rematch.
Top Rank promoter Arum, who represents Fury in the United States, explained to Sky Sports why his obligatory challenger was not named: “Whyte’s supporters have filed an arbitration claim against the WBC. While the arbitration is ongoing, the WBC has said that Whyte will not be given a required position.
“That was fitting.
“We’ll see if Fury ends up fighting Whyte.
“However, it will not be in accordance with the WBC’s requirements.
“Whyte is a fantastic boxer. When the time comes for Tyson to decide on his next opponent, which will be short, Whyte should be at the top of the list.”
The WBC had previously stated that Fury and Usyk had 30 days to agree on a bout otherwise Fury would be forced to face WBC interim champion, Dillian Whyte.
However, because of Joshua’s determination to force a rematch with Usyk, no talks took place. The deadline passed with no decision made on who Fury will meet next.
“The alternative is that if Joshua decides not to exercise his rematch against Usyk and instead steps aside, the fight we want to make is between Usyk and Fury,” Arum explained.
“That is a bout to finally unify the titles.”
“After that, Joshua will face the winner of the undisputed battle.”
“Whyte can stand in line and eventually battle the winner.”
“That’s what Tyson wants. And I am Tyson’s agent. That is his preferred method.
“If they want to fight, which I believe they do?” I’d be happy to help.”
Usyk stunned Joshua in September at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He and Fury are now the heavyweight division’s unbeaten champs.
Joshua and Fury had already discussed staging an undisputed title fight last summer, but the talks fell through.
Joshua has a chance to reclaim that position if he stops Usyk’s perfect record in the rematch next year.
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