Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte: British rivals set to end years of animosity in heavyweight title scrap
Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte will end YEARS of animosity after the WBC ordered former sparring partners to finally meet for the world title – and with their history of bad blood, this all-British battle should set off fireworks
- Tyson Fury has been ordered to defend his WBC title against Dillian Whyte
- The British heavyweights have exchanged countless insults over the years
- Whyte is preparing for his first ever world title crack after a long wait
- Their meeting should cause fireworks, both inside and outside the ring
After years of verbal warfare, the path is finally clear for Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte to crush their beef in a highly regarded domestic grudge match next year.
On Tuesday, the WBC officially ordered Fury, their current heavyweight champion, to defend his belt against mandatory challenger Whyte following his legal battle with the sanctions body.
Whyte risked being out in the cold again when his bid to enforce a much-anticipated mandatory position briefly left him with an egg on his face as WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman initially held back from ordering his world title shot last month prior to an impending arbitration.
Dillian Whyte is finally ready for a crack at the world heavyweight title against Tyson Fury
Fury has been ordered to defend his WBC title against mandatory challenger Whyte
FURY VS WHYTE – STORY OF THE TAPE
Tyson Fury Dillian Whyte
Age: 33 Age: 33
Height: 6ft 9in Height: 6ft 4in
To achieve: 85in To achieve: 78in
file: 31-0-1 file 28-2
KOs: 22 KOs: 19
That delay sparked the talk of an undisputed battle between Fury and three-belt holder Oleksandr Usyk, which could have become a reality if Anthony Joshua agreed to waive his rematch with the latter.
Fortunately for Whyte, who previously spent more than 1,000 days as the WBC No. 1 before being brutally knocked out by Alexander Povetkin last year, Sulaiman has given him the green light to begin negotiations with Fury.
The Brixton man’s sights are therefore now on his first-ever world title tilt and a showdown with Fury several years in the making.
The bitter rivals and former sparring partners have exchanged numerous unpleasantnesses since the Gypsy King made his famous boxing comeback three years ago, with a myriad of insults on social media fueling demand for a meeting between them.
After being labeled ‘shameful’ and a ‘coward’ by Whyte prior to his 2018 clash with Deontay Wilder, Fury hit back by writing on Instagram: ‘Cowards??? It could have been you (to Wilder).
Fury and Whyte have exchanged various insults and disagreements over the years
“But someone didn’t want to fight the eventual eliminator against (Luis) Ortiz, coward? So that’s not why you’re fighting Wilder.’
He then added: ‘Remember who you’re talking to – The Gypsy King, the man who has done everything you could only dream of.
“I know you’re a *** family doctor, enjoy being a workman for Eddie (Hearn).”
Whyte has also claimed to have ‘laid up’ Fury in one of their sparring sessions together, telling Sky Sports in 2019: ‘Tyson is awkward, he’s tall, he’s slim, some days he can outbox you here and there, but I definitely put him out earlier.
He then fired an even more damning shot at his rival last year, writing on Twitter: “Gypsy @Tyson_Fury Coward always cheats the public, you forget I knocked you down way before and saw you sobbing pitifully on the canvas you saw last years ran away then you ordered to fight me anytime and anywhere #FakeTyson #Coward’.
Given that they’ve both proved vulnerable on recent outings, and neither man is one to screw up their words, the clash between Fury and Whyte is likely to set off fireworks both in and out of the ring.
Fury defeated Deontay Wilder on his last outing in October
Whyte avenged his knockout defeat to Alexander Povetkin earlier this year
Whyte is definitely knockout prone. The 33-year-old was fanned coldly by Povetkin, transferred by Oscar Rivas and seconds away from being stopped in the final round of his dramatic win against Joseph Parker.
He also took a highly controversial win over Derek Chisora in 2016, having been wiped out by nemesis Joshua the year before.
Fury hasn’t been knocked to the point of no return just yet, though he too was on the brink of being beaten when he fell to the deck twice in the fourth round of his recent win over Wilder.
Oddly enough, the Gypsy King was an easy target for Wilder to occasionally stall during that triumph, which will give Whyte some confidence leading up to their destination date next year.
Whatever the outcome, Fury vs Whyte should be entertaining from the first press conference to the last bell.