Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte: Heavyweights reportedly close to meeting in WBC title fight
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The drama surrounding boxing’s heavyweight division may soon be coming to an end. According to ESPN, Tyson Fury will defend the WBC heavyweight title against interim champion Dillian Whyte in 2022, pending the purse offer between the fighters.
This news comes after rumors that Anthony Joshua would set aside money for Fury to fight WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Oleksandr Usyk, who beat Joshua for the titles in September. Joshua denied the rumours. ESPN reported that Whyte and Joshua agreed in principle to walk away, but the deal later fell through when negotiations fell apart.
The WBC had to repeatedly delay the purse bid hearing for Fury and Whyte. There has been an issue regarding the division of a potential scholarship. A new deadline of Friday, January 28 has been ordered.
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Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn works with Whyte and Joshua. He hopes the drama surrounding the heavyweight division will finally be put to rest.
“The reality of the situation is that we would be ready to see a detailed agreement with a plan for AJ – we’re not even at that stage,” Heart told iFL TV, via Bad Left Hook. “Tyson Fury had the opportunity to discuss – Fury doesn’t want to fight Usyk, in my opinion, because he has the opportunity to do so through these discussions and really when it comes to that, he doesn’t. really don’t want.
“So right now there is a scholarship offer [Friday]. I’m very confident, and all the other times I’ve said I think it’ll be delayed, I’m very confident there will be an offer [Friday] for Fury against Whyte. And I believe that’s the fight that’s going to happen next.”
Fury defeated Deontay Wilder in February 2020 for the WBC title. He won a rematch in October by knockout to retain the title. Fury recently posted a photo on Instagram which is the biggest proof of anyone confirming a fight with Whyte.
Whyte is a former British heavyweight champion who won the interim WBC title in 2019 from Oscar Rivas. He lost the belt in August 2020 in dramatic fashion to Alexander Povetkin. “The Body Snatcher” won the title in March via TKO in what would be the last fight of Povetkin’s career.
Whyte has had issues with the WBC when it comes to getting a title shot; he even sued him at one point. Now the WBC is to blame for its fate in a months-long purse bid hearing.
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