Where does Tyson Fury’s win leave the world heavyweight scene?
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Tyson Fury is set to fight Dillian Whyte in a mandatory defence of his WBC title, the World Boxing Council president said. Fury retained the belt on October 9 when he defeated Deontay Wilder in their epic grudge trilogy fight in Las Vegas.
The highly-anticipated third bout between the pair lived up to the billing and will go down as one of the great heavyweight fights in modern boxing history.
Wilder – who reportedly broke his hand in the loss – impressively struck back after being knocked down in round four as he knocked Fury twice to the canvas, critically striking the Brit when he was struggling to stand.
However, the Gypsy King got to his feet and responded excellently to seize control of the fight in the latter rounds, delivering the killer blow with a crushing 11th round knockout strike.
Fury’s dominance across his trilogy with the Bronze Bomber is evidenced by how he out-landed Wilder 316-177 in total strikes as well as in 25 of 30 rounds.
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The Gypsy King also landed 40 per cent of his power shots compared to the Bronze Bomber’s 22 per cent, highlighting how Fury landed the decisive strikes and disabled Wilder’s greatest weapon.
Meanwhile, Whyte was scheduled to fight Otto Wallin on October 30 to reportedly determine Fury’s next opponent – but the bout was cancelled when the Brit was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury.
Whyte last fought in March, when he picked up a stoppage win in his rematch with Alexander Povetkin.
The WBC had previously given Fury 30 days to negotiate a unification bout with WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO champion Oleksandr Usyk – but the Ukrainian is contractually tied to a rematch with Anthony Joshua in early 2022.
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It means Fury must defend his belt, and he will likely face Whyte in a homecoming defence.
The Gypsy King has not fought in the UK since 2018 – and WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman is hopeful of a fight between Fury and the Brixton Body Snatcher.
“The WBC order was very clear, that the winner of Fury vs Wilder has one month to try to secure the ultimate unification against Usyk, who defeated Joshua,” Sulaiman told talkSPORT.
“If they’re not capable of doing such, then the WBC would go with a mandatory, which is the interim champion.
“We have received from the British Boxing Board of Control the medical certification that Whyte could not fight Wallin because of the injury. So we are going to do what we promised, which is that way we are moving forward.”
The WBC had announced that champion Fury would defend his title against the winner of the bout between Whyte and Wallin.
Whyte, who suggested such a bout should take place in the UK rather than Las Vegas, believes the prospective clash with Fury would be the biggest all-British heavyweight title fight since Lennox Lewis versus Frank Bruno in 1993.
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