Is Deontay Wilder IV viable as Tyson Fury backup if Dillian Whyte bails?

Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder IV

World Boxing News looks at whether Deontay Wilder fighting Tyson Fury for the fourth time is a viable option if Dillian Whyte moves on from his mandatory shot.

Wilder and Fury have a great history together. It’s one of the best heavyweight sagas since the 1990s.

And not to mention, the saga was a must-watch every time they met.

Therefore, if Whyte continues his stance of failing to show up for events, will promoter Frank Warren be forced to look elsewhere for April 23rd?

Wembley Stadium has already sold over 85,000 tickets. This fact alone means they need to have a solid backup in place if the unpredictable Whyte bails on the event.

Recently, Whyte responded to a Top Rank post on the fight stating ‘Get Your Popcorn Ready.’ Whyte replied ‘naaaaaa’ [sic] to their Instagram.

So, there are real worries about whether Whyte will show up. And due to Fury once again competing on United States Pay Per View, Warren and Top Rank will preferably need someone with United States ties to replace him.


That’s where Wilder could come in. However, it’s not that simple. It would take a massive offer for Deontay Wilder to get back in the gym. A considerable bid to persuade him to end his downtime in a substitute capacity.

At present, all Top Rank and Warren may be able to offer is the guaranteed $7.4 million that Whyte is banking. There’s also another 10% [four million dollars] for the contest winner.

So realistically, Wilder could scoop $11 million if successful in the fourth fight. But here’s where it gets complicated.

A suspension handed to Wilder is soon over in Nevada following another knockout defeat to Fury. But offering a lower fee to the American just for training may prove challenging.

Surely Whyte would take pride in ensuring he went through with the fight if he knew Wilder as lined up as a replacement. So in that sense, it could be a good move if they could negotiate with the former WBC ruler.

Wilder doesn’t seem to be going anywhere near the gym as things currently stand. He’s more interested in researching a psychoactive brew to help him decide whether to fight.

Deontay Wilder Tyson Fury fight night
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Therefore, Warren and Bob Arum may have to nail down another Fury substitute if the worst happens with Whyte.

Michael Hunter could be a proper consideration. Joe Joyce, who is in the same stable as Fury, would also be a solid option.

Luis Ortiz and Agit Kabayel would be two others worth securing for a nominal fee and a place on the undercard.

Look out for the information regarding who will headline the rest of the Pay Per View bill in a heavyweight capacity. Whoever that is might just get boosted into the main event if Whyte continues his shenanigans until fight week.

Whyte’s current stand might end up backfiring on him.

The views expressed in this article are opinions of Phil Jay.

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