‘How about doing what’s right?’: Dillian Whyte hits out at his OWN promoter Eddie Hearn for pushing Anthony Joshua as Tyson Fury’s next opponent as mandatory challenger calls on new WBC champion to face him after Deontay Wilder win
- Tyson Fury stunned Deontay Wilder to become the WBC heavyweight champion
- Fury now holds one of the four heavyweight belts with AJ holding three
- Promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted that a summer unification fight must be made
- WBC mandatory Dillian Whyte has hit out at his promoter over the remark
Dillian Whyte has hit out at Eddie Hearn after the promoter suggested new WBC champion Tyson Fury fight Anthony Joshua in a unification bout this summer.
Fury captured a stunning win over the all-conquering Deontay Wilder on Saturday night, with the Bronze Bomber’s corner throwing in the towel in the seventh round to earn the Gypsy King a famous win.
The 31-year-old’s win sees Fury pick up the WBC belt, one of the four heavyweight titles. The other three (WBA, WBO, IBF) belong to countryman Anthony Joshua.
Dillian Whyte (right) has hit out at his promoter Eddie Hearn (left) over his tweet to Tyson Fury
Fury put in a sensational performance to clinch the WBC heavyweight crown in Las Vegas
And Joshua’s promoter tweeted after the fight that he is eyeing a unification bout in the summer that will see one man hold all four belts.
He said: ‘No need for a third let’s go straight to it in the Summer! #undisputed.’
That remark angered Dillian Whyte, the mandatory challenger for the WBC title. Whyte has been installed as the No 1 contender for the belt for over 800 days, and has long expressed his frustrations at not getting his shot.
Hearn’s comment is made all the more stinging as the Matchroom Boxing chief also promotes the Brixton-based fighter, and Whyte felt justified in slamming the notion of a unification bout.
Whyte is the mandatory challenger for Fury’s belt although other fights have been lined up
He responded: ‘How about doing what’s right and forcing him to fight me first as the number 1 challenger’.
Fury could also entertain a third fight with Wilder, with the 35-year-old having 30 days to trigger the rematch clause included in their fight agreement.
Whatever happens, the future of the heavyweight division is certainly exciting. Hearn told talkSPORT that Fury’s win is huge for British boxing.
‘What a time for British boxing. To have one world heavyweight champion would be great but to have two with all the belts, we will never see it again.
Whyte hit out at Eddie Hearn’s tweet before congratulating Fury on his latest triumph
‘I have said and I will make this clear, we have to make this fight happen. We will never get the chance for two Brits to fight for an undisputed heavyweight world championship.
‘I will promise you we will do everything we can to make this fight happen,’ he added.
‘The first thing is that Wilder has the rematch clause. I don’t think anyone wants to see a third fight, it was that conclusive, but we will see if he wants to exercise 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 manoeuvre there if Wilder doesn’t want the rematch to go straight into this undisputed fight in the summer. That’s what we have to push for initially.’
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