Environment heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will have to encounter Dillian Whyte in his subsequent title defence following a ruling on Tuesday by the Environment Boxing Council (WBC).
The WBC mentioned Whyte has now been installed as obligatory challenger to Fury, who retained his crown with a thrilling knockout victory above Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas in Oct.
“The WBC hereby orders the start of the totally free negotiations time period pursuant to the WBC Procedures & Polices for the obligatory bout among WBC Environment Heavyweight Winner Tyson Fury and Required Challenger and WBC Interim Environment Winner Dillian Whyte,” the WBC mentioned in a statement on Twitter.
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The WBC initially mentioned in Oct Fury would only have to encounter Whyte if he was not able to set up an undisputed earth title fight with Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, the unified WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion.
However right after the thirty-day window for Fury and Usyk to concur phrases expired, the WBC have now moved to set up Whyte as Fury’s subsequent opponent.
Whyte past month accused Fury of “running away” from a planned showdown. “Fury has been mandated to fight me twice… he just keeps making excuses,” Whyte explained to Sky Sporting activities.
“Hopefully now he’s bought no preference. What is he likely to do? Throw the belt in the bin and run away from far more funds than he bought to fight Wilder?”
Usyk is expected to encounter a rematch against former champion Anthony Joshua in early 2022. Usyk outclassed Joshua in September to dethrone the former unified champion.