Whyte fears Fury might decide to RETIRE instead of fight him next year

‘You can never bank on anything he says’: Dillian Whyte fears Tyson Fury might decide to RETIRE instead of fight him as heavyweight hopeful claims physical toll of Deontay Wilder trilogy may stop all-British encounter

  • Dillian Whyte fears that a fight with Tyson Fury may not happen early next year 
  • Fury, 33, is expected to be ordered to defend his title against Whyte, 33 next 
  • However, Whyte says that Fury may decide to retire instead of return to the ring
  • The heavyweight hopeful wants to face the Gypsy King in the UK in February 

Dillian Whyte has cast doubt over a potential match-up with Tyson Fury early next year as the heavyweight hopeful warned that the Gypsy King may decide to retire instead of step in the ring again.

Whyte, 33, is in pole position to face Fury next following the Briton’s dramatic win over Deontay Wilder this month, with the WBC expected to order the all-British fight.

A bout in February is anticipated and will finally see Whyte have a crack at the heavyweight title, having been on the cusp of a shot for the past couple of years.

Dillian Whyte has cast doubt over a potential heavyweight clash against Tyson Fury next year

However, Whyte says that a fight with Fury is not a certainty and that the unpredictable Gypsy King may decide to hang up his gloves after his blockbuster trilogy against Wilder. 


‘The Tyson Fury fight is a fight that I wanted, it’s a fight I tried to get before,’ Whyte said. ‘[It was] Mandated for belts and it didn’t happen. And fortunately for me now, it seems like it’s gonna go ahead.

‘But you can never bank on anything Tyson Fury says. because he might say, “You know what I’ve had enough I don’t want to fight anymore.” Or he might say, “I need a longer rest.”

The Body Snatcher (L) is the mandatory challenger for Fury’s (R) WBC heavyweight title

Whyte says the physical toll of Fury’s trilogy with Deontay Wilder may force him to retire 

‘He’s had three hard fights with Deontay Wilder. We don’t know how much they have taken out of him. So we’ll just have to wait and see.’

Whyte was set to face Otto Wallin at the end of this month but an injury to the Body Snatcher’s shoulder forced the fight to fall through. The 33-year-old said while his focus remains on healing up as quickly as possible, he would love for his fight with Fury to unfold in the UK.

‘It’s a major fight in boxing, especially for the UK,’ he added. ‘It’s a major fight. If me and him can dust-up in the early part of next year in a stadium.

The Body Snatcher says that a UK fight would be the perfect homecoming for the Gypsy King

‘It’s a major fight and one I’m looking forward to. I think Tyson Fury will look forward to fighting me as well. It’s a big fight.

‘We know each other well, we’ve sparred with each other, we’ve spent time with each other we’ve had our ups and downs and our beefs and stuff.

‘But I think, logically, he’ll think, “This a good fight. It’s a good homecoming fight and it should happen.” So let’s see.’

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