After recently canceling his fight with Otto Wallin, WBC interim titleholder Dillian Whyte isn’t interested in any rescheduling. Instead, Whyte immediately wants to take on WBC belt holder Tyson Fury and attempt to unify the title.
Whyte confirmed his plans while chatting with BBC Five Live boxing podcast on Tuesday.
“That’ll be the plan,” Whyte said when asked about fighting Fury next year. “It’s Wallin or Fury next. Of course, Wallin is going to be upset. He’s spent money he thought he was going to earn. Many times I’ve had fights fall through, you can’t be upset.”
Whyte, who has a 28-2 professional record, won the WBC interim heavyweight title in 2019 after beating Oscar Rivas via unanimous decision. He successfully defended the title against Mariusz Wach before losing it to Alexander Povetkin in August 2020. Whyte managed to get the title back in a rematch that took place in early 2021.
Tyson Fury, on the other hand, won the WBC belt in February 2020 by beating Deontay Wilder via TKO. Fury then knocked out Wilder earlier this month in a thrilling rematch to keep the belt.
It remains to be seen whether Whyte’s plans to take on Fury pan out. The WBC already made it clear that they want Fury to fight the interim titleholder. But Fury is believed to be more interested in waiting to see the outcome of the rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua and then fight the winner for the undisputed heavyweight title.
Wallin also doesn’t intend to give up on his bout with Whyte. His promoter is pushing to reschedule the fight while also asking for an independent doctor to check Whyte and see whether his injury is genuine.