Tyson Fury will have to defend the world heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte, while Cardiff’s Principality Stadium will host an all-British showdown in February or March
- Tyson Fury ordered by WBC to face mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte
- Fury’s promoters tried to negotiate an undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk
- But the Ukrainian gets a rematch with Anthony Joshua instead
Tyson Fury has begun negotiations for a mandatory defense of his world heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte.
The WBC has ordered talks to begin about the fight expected to take place in late February or early March, likely under the roof of the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Fury’s promoters Frank Warren and Bob Arum feel they can’t wait any longer for Anthony Joshua to strike a megabucks deal to waive his rematch with Olexsandr Usyk and the man who won his WBA, IBF, WBO – and IBO belts have declined to fight the Gypsy King for the undisputed world title.
Tyson Fury is keen to return to the ring in February or March after beating Deontay Wilder
Warren says, “This has been messed around too much. Tyson has to box in the new year and we have reached the point where we have to continue with the Whyte fight. ‘
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman had been reluctant to order this match, while Whyte’s legal action to enforce his long-awaited mandatory rights went to arbitration.
But Sulaiman has now sent instructions to all parties to come to an agreement.
Fury would have preferred the total unification fight with Usyk followed by the winner versus Joshua.
The WBC has ordered Tyson Fury to take on mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte
This will be Fury’s homecoming to the UK after a lengthy campaign in America, including his epic trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder.
He loved the idea of fighting in his native Manchester, but Warren says: ‘Whyte is a huge stadium event and so early in the new year it’s too cold to go to Old Trafford.’
There will be heated horse trading as Fury gets the lion’s share of the purse as world champion.
If they can’t come to an agreement, it goes to exchange bids