Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte to end years of animosity in grudge match

Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte are set to end YEARS of animosity after the WBC ordered the former sparring partners to finally meet for the world title – and with their history of bad blood, this all-British battle should deliver fireworks

  • Tyson Fury has been ordered to defend his WBC title against Dillian Whyte
  • The British heavyweights have exchanged numerous insults over the years
  • Whyte is gearing up for his first ever crack at world honours after a lengthy wait
  • Their meeting should provide fireworks both inside and outside the ring 

After years of verbal warfare, the path is finally clear for Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte to squash their beef in a highly-billed domestic grudge match next year.

On Tuesday the WBC officially ordered Fury, their current heavyweight champion, to defend his strap against mandatory challenger Whyte following the conclusion of his legal battle with the sanctioning body.

Whyte risked being left in the cold once more when his attempt to enforce a long-awaited mandatory position briefly left him with egg on his face, as WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman initially held back on ordering his world-title shot last month ahead of an impending arbitration.

Dillian Whyte is finally set for a crack at the world heavyweight title against Tyson Fury

Fury has been ordered to defend his WBC title against mandatory challenger Whyte

Tyson Fury                         Dillian Whyte

Age: 33                                Age: 33

Height: 6ft 9in                  Height: 6ft 4in 

Reach: 85in                        Reach: 78in 

Record: 31-0-1                   Record 28-2

KOs: 22                                  KOs: 19

That delay triggered talk of an undisputed battle between Fury and three-belt holder Oleksandr Usyk, which could have become reality if Anthony Joshua agreed to step aside from his rematch with the latter.

Fortunately for Whyte, who previously spent over 1,000 days as the WBC’s No 1 ranked contender before he was brutally knocked out by Alexander Povetkin last year, Sulaiman has given him the green light to begin negotiations with Fury. 

The Brixton man’s sights are therefore now set on his first ever world-title tilt and a showdown with Fury which is several years in the making.

The bitter rivals and former sparring partners have exchanged numerous unpleasantries since the Gypsy King made his famous boxing comeback three years ago, with a host of insults on social media sparking demand for a meeting between them.

After being labelled ’embarrassing’ and a ‘coward’ by Whyte ahead of his clash with Deontay Wilder in 2018, Fury hit back by writing on Instagram: ‘Cowards??? It could have been you (facing Wilder). 

Fury and Whyte have exchanged various insults over the years and do not see eye to eye

‘But someone didn’t want to fight the final eliminator vs (Luis) Ortiz, did you coward? So that’s why you’re not fighting Wilder.’

He then added: ‘Remember who you’re talking to – The Gypsy King, the man who has done everything that you could only dream of.

‘I know you’re a s***house dosser, enjoy being a work man for Eddie (Hearn).’ 

Whyte has also claimed to have ‘laid out’ Fury in one of their sparring sessions together, telling Sky Sports in 2019: ‘Tyson’s awkward, he’s long, he’s rangy, some days he may outbox you here and there, but I definitely laid him out before.

He then fired a more damning shot at his rival last year by writing on Twitter: ‘Gypsy @Tyson_Fury Coward always conning the public you forget I’ve put you down lots before & watched you pathetically sobbing on the canvas you ran away last year when ordered you to fight me anytime anywhere anyhow #FakeTyson #Coward’. 

Given they have both displayed vulnerability in recent outings, and neither man is one for mincing their words, Fury and Whyte’s clash is likely to provide fireworks both inside and outside the ring. 

Fury got the better of Deontay Wilder in his last outing back in October

Whyte avenged his knockout defeat against Alexander Povetkin earlier this year

Whyte is certainly susceptible to being knocked out. The 33-year-old was sparked cold by Povetkin, put over by Oscar Rivas and seconds away from being stopped in the final round of his dramatic win against Joseph Parker.

He also picked up a highly controversial victory over Derek Chisora back in 2016, having been wiped out by arch-nemesis Joshua the previous year. 

Fury has not yet been floored to the point of no return, though he too was on the verge of defeat when dropped to the deck twice in the fourth round of his recent victory over Wilder.

Uncharacteristically, the Gypsy King was an easy target for Wilder to tee off on at times during that triumph, which will offer Whyte some confidence ahead of their date of destiny next year.

Whatever the outcome, Fury vs Whyte should prove entertaining from the first press conference up until the final bell.

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