“What about doing what is right?”: Dillian Whyte hits his own promoter Eddie Hearn to push Anthony Joshua as the next opponent of Tyson Fury, as mandatory challenger summons a new WBC champion to face him after Deontay Wilder wins
Dillian Whyte was hit by Eddie Hearn after the promoter suggested that the new WBC champion Tyson Fury should fight Anthony Joshua this summer.
Fury captured a stunning victory over the all-conquering Deontay Wilder on Saturday-evening, with the Bronze Bomber corner throwing in the towel in the seventh round to give the Gypsy King a famous victory.
The victory of the 31-year-old sees Fury pick up the WBC belt, one of the four heavyweight titles. The other three (WBA, WBO, IBF) belong to fellow countryman Anthony Joshua.
Dillian Whyte (right) has hit his promoter Eddie Hearn (left) via his tweet to Tyson Fury
Fury has delivered a sensational performance to reach the WBC heavyweight crown in Las Vegas
And Joshua’s promoter tweeted after the fight that he sees an association round in the summer where one man holds all four belts.
He said: ‘No third person needed, let’s go there immediately in the summer! #undisputed. “
That comment raged Whyte, the mandatory challenger for the WBC title. Whyte has been installed as the largest belt candidate for more than 800 days and has long expressed his frustration that he did not get his chance.
Hearn’s remark is all the more provocative because the Matchroom Boxing chief also promotes the Brixton-based hunter and Whyte felt justified in closing the idea of unification.
Whyte is the mandatory challenger for Fury’s belt, although other fights have been drafted
He replied: “What about doing what is right and forcing him to fight me first as the number 1 challenger?”
Fury could also have a third fight with Wilder, with the 35-year-old having 30 days to activate the rematch clause in their combat agreement.
Whatever happens, the future of the heavyweight division is certainly exciting. Hearn told talkSPORT that Fury’s victory is huge for British boxing.
“What a time for British boxing. Having one heavyweight world champion would be great, but to have two with all the straps, we’ll never see it again.
Whyte hit Eddie Hearn’s tweet before congratulating Fury on his latest triumph
“I said and I will make this clear, we must let this fight take place. We will never have the chance for two Britons to fight for an undisputedly tough world championship.
“I promise we will do everything we can to make this fight take place,” he added.
“The first is that Wilder has the rematch clause. I don’t think anyone wants to see a third fight, it was so convincing, but we’ll see if he wants to practice that. I probably expect Wilder (to take the rematch). I don’t see where else he has to go.
“Our mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev is also promoted by Bob Arum, Tyson Fury’s promoter, so there is a very easy maneuver there if Wilder doesn’t want the rematch to go straight into this undisputed fight in the summer. We must insist on that in the first instance. “