World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury should face Dillian Whyte in his subsequent title defence following a ruling on Tuesday by the World Boxing Council (WBC).
The WBC mentioned Whyte has now been put in as obligatory challenger to Fury, who retained his crown with an exhilarating knockout victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas in October.
“The WBC hereby orders the beginning of the free negotiations interval pursuant to the WBC Guidelines & Rules for the obligatory bout between WBC World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury and Necessary Challenger and WBC Interim World Champion Dillian Whyte,” the WBC mentioned in an announcement on Twitter.
The WBC initially mentioned in October Fury would solely must face Whyte if he was unable to rearrange an undisputed world title battle with Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, the unified WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion.
Nonetheless after the 30-day window for Fury and Usyk to agree phrases expired, the WBC have now moved to put in Whyte as Fury’s subsequent opponent.
Whyte final month accused Fury of “working away” from a deliberate showdown.
“Fury has been mandated to battle me twice… he simply retains making excuses,” Whyte informed Sky Sports activities.
“Hopefully now he’s obtained no selection. What’s he going to do? Throw the belt within the bin and run away from more cash than he obtained to battle Wilder?”
Usyk is predicted to face a rematch in opposition to former champion Anthony Joshua in early 2022. Usyk outclassed Joshua in September to dethrone the previous unified champion.