Boxing News: Tyson Fury has “no choice” but to accept a WBC mandatory title fight, according to Dillian Whyte, who has pledged to mercilessly “kill” his British adversary when they finally share the ring.
The WBC has already formally ordered Fury to face Whyte, the WBC interim champion, if he cannot reach an agreement with Oleksandr Usyk for an undisputed world title battle within 30 days.
Despite the fact that the time had passed, the WBC did not immediately announce Fury’s next bout at their annual convention, but Whyte has stated that the governing organisation has now reinstated his mandatory status.
“Tyson Fury has already been confirmed to fight me next,” Whyte told Sky Sports. “They declared on their website that I am the mandatory challenger and that I would be Tyson Fury’s next opponent.
“I’m not sure where this muddle has come from. He’ll try to fight Usyk since it’s a much easier fight for him.
“Fury has been tasked with fighting me twice. He requested for the WBC ‘Diamond’ title to fight me, but when they agreed, he ran away. He’s just making excuses.
“Hopefully, he no longer has a choice. So, what is he going to do? Throw away the championship and flee from more money than he has to face [Deontay] Wilder?
“Obviously, he claims to be a fighter and a man of his word, but we all know he speaks a lot of s***, so we’ll see. He said he’d fight me after he beat Wilder, but then he went away. Let’s see what he comes up with.”
Fury’s ambitions for an undisputed world title bout have been dashed as promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports that Anthony Joshua is already planning a rematch with Usyk.
According to Whyte, Fury is fully aware that he will present a more gruelling battle than Usyk, a former undisputed cruiserweight champion.
“Usyk is not a heavy-handed, rough-and-tumble man,” Whyte explained. “Usyk is a tough boxer, but Fury is thinking, ‘I’ve got so much more height than him, I can keep him at range.’ He’s not going to beat me in a boxing match.’
“Whereas with me, he knows I’ve put him down before and that I can do so again.
“I’m going to tell the ref, ‘Listen, he needs to wear his body shield a lot lower than he has in a lot of past fights,’ because he doesn’t like body blows, which is one of the main reasons he doesn’t want to fight me.”
In last month’s trilogy fight in Las Vegas, Fury climbed off the mat twice before stopping Wilder.
However, Whyte has stated that he will not allow Fury to make another miraculous recovery.
“Of course I’m going to finish him,” he added. “Wilderness is exaggerated. He can punch and kick, but he can’t fight. He’s athletic and rangy, with good speed, so he’s heavy-handed when he closes the distance quickly and strikes a blow.
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