A week after British heavyweight Contender Dillian Whyte cranked up a legal fight to solidify his status with the WBC, its president Mauricio Sulaiman has agreed with him publicly.
Further, Sulaiman made clear this weekend is that Whyte will be in line to fight the winner of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s third battle, whenever that takes place,
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On that show, he was specifically asked about Whyte’s standing with the World boxing Council and replied,
“For the WBC there is a mandatory title defense that the champion has to make. The mandatory challenger is the interim champion Dillian Whyte. He has the right to enforce his title shot after the Wilder vs Fury third fight. Fury vs Joshua is just speculation.
They have both come out and said that they have a deal which is very good. But there are many things that must take place before it actually happens.”
Sulaiman was referencing the announcement two weeks ago by Matchroom Boxing and MTK Global that Unified Heavyweight Champ, Anthony Joshua and Fury had agreed to a two fight deal after each of their next fights. That announcement further complicates Whyte’s status for 2021.
Further, Sulaiman is correct that it is unknown when exactly Fury and Wilder will tangle for the third time? But, it is most likely that that fight will happen late in 2020 and probably in Las Vegas.
In the meantime, the controversial Whyte, who flunked a pre-fight drug test last summer before his decision win over Oscar Rivas, is set to fight former IBF heavyweight champ (and also multi-time PED violator), Alexander Povetkin of Russia.
That fight was to have been in early May, but will now take place at the headquarters of Matchroom Boxing in England without fans in August. For now, the 32 year old Brit continues to train nearby Portugal, where he has been for the last two months during a coronavirus pandemic.