Dillian Whyte and even Anthony Joshua could possibly be an enormous battle in the UK for Tyson Fury. But provided that he can come via a possible ‘shootout’ with Deontay Wilder first, explains co-promoter Frank Warren
DILLIAN WHYTE’S path to the WBC’s heavyweight belt and the winner of Saturday’s Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder conflict has been opened.
Mauricio Sulaiman, the WBC president, advised Boxing News that: “The WBC has reviewed the complete heavyweight situation and the winner of Saturday night will be allowed one month to try to secure the ultimate unification for the undisputed [crown with Oleksandr Usyk]. If that does not happen then the winner has to fight the mandatory, which is the interim champion. Dillian Whyte is fighting [Otto Wallin for it] on October 30 so we will see.”
It’s the inexperienced gentle Whyte has been ready on for a very long time. “Unfortunately for Dillian, he was knocked out by [Alexander] Povetkin when he was mandatory at that time. He lost by knockout. He had an issue with UKAD in the past. It’s been bad luck for him but he [might be] soon fighting for the title,” Sulaiman mentioned. “We are very proud of our champions and the administration of the championships, it’s very important and we’re moving and we’re happy with what we got.”
Heavyweight boxing is inherently unpredictable. Wallin is not any straightforward battle for Whyte, whereas Wilder, so long as he’s in the bout, goes to pose a continuing menace to Fury along with his one-punch energy. Frank Warren, who co-promotes Tyson, is assured although in his man. “He’s tremendously fit. Looks well, mentally well, so hopefully he’ll do the business. He’ll stop him… The only way he [Wilder] can win this fight is to go and jump on him. He ain’t going to outbox him, no matter what Malik Scott says. So if he goes to take the fight to [Fury], which I think he’ll do, if he does that – what [Anthony] Joshua didn’t do against Usyk – if he does that then you’re going to get a shootout. Somebody will go. And Tyson’s got the better chin,” Warren warned.
If Whyte and Fury come via their respective clashes, they will surely make for an interesting all-British heavyweight showdown. “A big fight in the UK, Whyte’s perfect for Tyson. Perfect for him… Wherever it is, a fight’s a fight. There are some good fights to be made,” the promoter mentioned. “There’s plenty of fights. Usyk’s a big fight, that’s a great fight. Two similar guys, great fight, I’d buy a ticket.”
The Fury-Wilder winner can have no scarcity of choices. In truth Warren urges Anthony Joshua to withstand rematching Usyk and as a substitute go straight right into a bout with Fury. “[The WBC] may give us a month to try and make the fight with Usyk, that won’t happen because he’s got his rematch. If I was Joshua I wouldn’t go for the rematch,” Warren mentioned. “I believe he ought to nonetheless make the [Fury] battle. Walk away from the Usyk battle. If it’s as much as him to name the battle, then I might say neglect that. Make the battle with Tyson. People would purchase into that also in the UK.
“[Joshua] wasn’t imposing himself on him. The bigger guy wasn’t using all his physical attributes. What he was doing was letting a littler guy dominate the fight behind his jab and a big fella like that, he should be keeping him on the end of his jab and he wasn’t. [Usyk] wasn’t even getting underneath him. He was outjabbing him. He was standing his ground with him without jabbing him. It didn’t make any sense.”
“Where was the devil in him? Where did he show any dominance in that fight?” Warren added of Joshua. “If he loses to Usyk again he’s finished. His bubble’s well and truly burst.”
Whyte is now one win away from the large battle he craves, Joshua one win away from redemption, Wilder one win away from revenge, whereas Fury would possibly just be one win away from dwelling. The heavyweight division right now is many issues however by no means boring.