Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3 ‘Must Happen This Year’ Or Dillian Whyte Should Be Next Challenger, Says Eddie Hearn | Boxing News


Dillian Whyte is Tyson Fury’s mandatory WBC belt challenger

Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3 “has to happen this year” or Dillian Whyte should be the next challenger for the WBC title, says promoter Eddie Hearn.

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The WBC have confirmed that the winner of Fury-Wilder 3 is due to make a mandatory title defense against Whyte in early 2021.

But US Fury promoter Bob Arum has suggested the trilogy fight could be postponed until February and Hearn says Whyte could even replace Wilder, if he defeats Alexander Povetkin on August 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

He said Sky Sports: “Well, I hear what we were hoping the WBC would implement, which is the promise that the fight must take place.

“The official date is before the end of February 2021. Obviously, if Wilder-Fury takes place in December, maybe it’s pushed back a bit.

“Great news for Dillian Whyte who pushed so hard, fully deserves this blow more than any boxing fighter, forget about the heavyweight division, but he has business to settle on August 22 against Alexander Povetkin.

“It makes this fight even more dangerous, but as far as we’re concerned, Fury-Wilder has to take place this year, and if it doesn’t, we’re ready to go with Whyte against Fury, provided he beats Povetkin as a couple. of several weeks. ”

Anthony Joshua and Fury have agreed to terms in principle on a two-fight deal for an undisputed world title clash next year, though the unified champion’s binding commitments could complicate his plans.

Anthony Joshua to make next world titles defense against Kubrat Pulev

Anthony Joshua to make next world titles defense against Kubrat Pulev

Mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev is set to face Joshua in December, while Oleksandr Usyk has also fielded a WBO-mandated title shot, if the Ukrainian wins a rescheduled fight against Derek Chisora.

“AJ is going to box in December and he won’t box again until June or July of next year, so there’s a lot of time to fit into that mandatory defense,” Hearn said.

“AJ himself can have a mandatory defense against Oleksandr Usyk if Derek Chisora ​​doesn’t upset the odds in this fight.

“Lots of obstacles to overcome but certainly for Dillian Whyte, who pushed so hard for a world championship shot, it makes the fight against Alexander Povektin even more vital. “


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