Tyson Fury has offered to fight Dillian Whyte for the WBC ‘Diamond’ title after being put forward for the interim version.
In a shock move, Fury told the World Boxing Council he’d be willing to accept the fight if they agreed to the terms.
It seems a strange one as Fury previously said he wouldn’t fight Whyte as he, ‘doesn’t need to fight in an eliminator’ of any kind.
Fury stated he was already getting a full shot at the title. This is due to an agreed rematch with Deontay Wilder over the next twelve months.
Taking to Instagram to reveal his demands, Fury said: “I just want to say a special message to the WBC, who supported me in my comeback and been very fair with me over the years.
“I recently saw your quote about fighting for the interim title against Dillian Whyte. I’m very thankful for the opportunity.
“But what I suggest is, because I beat Deontay Wilder and we all know what happened. I didn’t get the decision, but I still won and the world knows.
“I propose we make me and Dillian Whyte for the WBC ‘Diamond’ belt and not the interim belt. Make it for the diamond belt, not the interim version and you’ve got a deal.
“I’ll take care of Dillian Whyte and I’ll knock him out within six rounds,” he added.
Upgrading the ‘interim’ for the ‘Diamond’ doesn’t make much difference in the grand scheme of things. Both are not seen as world title belts in any shape or form.
Furthermore, the fewer belts in the heavyweight division the better it will be for everyone.
For his part, Whyte did state he’d be interested should an offer from the WBC come to fruition.
“Let’s do it then Tyson Fury. I’d fight you anytime, anywhere. Seven days a week and five times on Sunday. I look forward to putting you to sleep,” said ‘The Bodysnatcher’.
There’s no doubting Fury v Whyte is a massive top division fight for the UK. With Fury campaigning predominantly in the United States for the foreseeable future, the bout would be a tough Stateside sell.
UK Pay-Per-View is rather thin on the ground as things stand. Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn would almost certainly want any fight to take place on British soil.
Not to mention the fact that Fury recently aired his displeasure at Hearn and threatened to slap him in the chops, it doesn’t bode well for a Whyte fight happening anytime soon.