Promoter Eddie Hearn has vowed to push the World Boxing Council to give Dillian Whyte his shot during the Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury trilogy saga.
The Matchroom boss reacted to Bob Arum exclusively informing WBN that plans are in place to make Wilder v Fury a trio of super-fights.
As WBN explained, the rematch is due to take place in February, with a third on the cards at some point in the future.
Arum did not stipulate when Wilder v Fury III would happen. But rather outlined a purse split in favor of the victor from the second encounter.
This leaves the door open for Whyte to face whoever triumphs from the return bout, potentially in the summer of 2020.
As Whyte has been at the top of the WBC ratings for almost two years, Hearn has promised to battle vigorously for the opportunity before Wilder v Fury reaches a climax.
“It’s not allowed,” Hearn told IFL TV when asked if Wilder v Fury could face each other back-to-back in 2020. “There’s gonna be a serious legal position for Dillian Whyte if that’s the case.
“Because Dillian Whyte is fighting Oscar Rivas, that’s for the ‘interim’ title. The mandatory position. But we want it next,” he added.
Wheels are already in motion for Wilder v Fury. And with the ‘Bronze Bomber’ fulfilling mandatory duties against Dominic Breazeale last month, coupled with the fact the WBC have stated the Fury rematch out-weighs any stipulation, the best Hearn can hope for is Whyte gaining his chance after the second outing.
“The offer from the WBC is for the ‘interim’ title and mandatory position. It’s when that mandatory occurs. There will be serious issues if that mandatory is not when we want that mandatory to be. It’s ongoing,” Hearn stated.
“Deontay Wilder must fight Dillian Whyte. I say to the people out there, keep supporting Dillian Whyte.
“He has been number one for 580 days. He still isn’t mandatory and we’ve got to make sure he gets what he deserves.”
YESSSS Finally after nearly 600 days as the WBC number one I got my hands on the World Title belt …. Shame it’s the great @frankbrunoboxer belt when am I getting my shot at @bronzebomber @wbcboxing @wbcmoro #600days pic.twitter.com/ltV9XB7gFx
— Dillian Whyte (@DillianWhyte) June 9, 2019
Whyte has been vocal in his disapproval of the WBC for a while now, something which may not be in his best interests moving forward. Insulting the WBC doesn’t seem the best way to speed things up.
As things stand, Whyte could face Wilder or Fury in the summer of 2020. That’s only if there’s no controversy when the heavyweight stars trade blows again.
Anything like the first clash, and the WBC could order an immediate third fight, leaving Whyte out in the cold until the back end of 2020.
It’s obvious ‘The Bodysnatcher’ has hit new heights with his frustrations.
On Sunday, he posted a picture with Frank Bruno and his 1995 WBC title belt, adding the words: “YES! Finally, after nearly 600 days as the WBC number one, I got my hands on the world title belt.
“Shame it’s the great Frank Bruno’s. When am I getting my shot at Deontay Wilder?” – he asked.