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Dillian Whyte is now one win away from finally securing his world title shot.
The British heavyweight will get a chance to face the winner of Tyson Fury against Deontay Wilder this weekend.
That is if he beats Otto Wallin later this month at the O2.
Whyte is currently the reigning WBC ‘interim’ champion but should he hold onto the belt against the Swede then he will get his shot.
That is because the WBC will force the winner of this weekend’s heavyweight clash for the full title to face the interim champion.
They will first give the winner 30 days to negotiate the undisputed fight against WBA, IBF and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk.
But Usyk is contractually obliged to a rematch with Anthony Joshua so won’t be able to face Fury or Wilder.
That opens the door for Whyte, who has long felt he has been wrongly overlooked for his crack at the belt.
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The WBC said: “The WBC Board of Governors has reviewed the recent history in the heavyweight division.
“Considering the long inactivity in the division due to the pandemic, ongoing legal processes, and Covid 19 infections, the WBC has ruled that the winner of this fight will have 30 days to secure a contract to unify the heavyweight division against WBO-IBF-WBA champion Oleksandr Usyk in search of an undisputed champion in the division.
“If no unification bout is secured within that time, the winner of Fury v Wilder 3 must then fight next against the then reigning WBC interim heavyweight champion.”
- Anthony Joshua
- Deontay Wilder
- Tyson Fury
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