By Mark Elezaj
Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte is still upset, rightfully so, with the World Boxing Council for being overlooked for a shot at Deontay Wilder. Whyte, who has been ranked number one by the WBC for over 600 days is still waiting to hear his name called.
Now, in another shocking move, the WBO has made Oleksandr Usyk the mandatory challenger to the current WBA, IBF and IBO champion Andy Ruiz, and Whyte is furious!
Usyk who has yet to fight in the heavyweight division, moved up from the cruiserweight division after unifying the four major titles with a devastating knockout of Tony Bellew. He petitioned to become the mandatory challenger and the WBO approved.
He was set to make his heavyweight debut against Carlos Takam in May, but had to withdraw from the fight after suffering an injury during his training camp.
Whyte, not holding anything back, let it all out when recently speaking to talkSPORT.
“It seems like everyone around Fury and Deontay Wilder are doing everything possible to avoid fighting me,” Whyte said.
“When ESPN wanted me to sign with them, their promoter Top Rank couldn’t even promise to deliver a fight with Fury within two years, which says it all really.
“The system in boxing is broken. I’ve won nine WBC sanctioned title fights, including six over WBC top 15 ranked opponents – beating two former world champions in the process – and I’ve been the WBC’s NO 1-ranked fighter for 600 days.
“How can you not fight for a title when you’re doing that? The system does not work.
“I have no idea what I’ve got to do but I’m just going to stay active and see what happens.
“The situation has dragged on long enough now and I keep fighting tough fighters, highly-ranked fighters – fighters supposedly better than me – taking these tough training camps, and I keep winning. Yet, I don’t get any world title shots.
“I’ve been patient, I’ve been loyal, I’ve done everything these governing bodies can ask of me. I don’t know what they want me to do, to be honest.”
“I can’t get over the fact the WBO have made Oleksandr Usyk mandatory challenger for their heavyweight title. It’s a joke, pure and simple. I get it that he was the undisputed cruiserweight champion, but at least let the man have a fight at heavyweight first. You can’t just hand it to him. But this is boxing, it’s full of nonsense. If you let yourself get bogged down in the politics and the hype then this sport will make you lose your mind,” Whyte told Talk Sport.
“Usyk is supposedly injured now and he didn’t even apply for the mandatory position until after Anthony Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz Jr. These guys want to pick and choose. He’s looking at Ruiz Jr and thinking ‘I can beat him’ but he wasn’t saying that when Joshua was champion, was he?”
He then spoke about the WBO’s latest decision to drop him down to the number 3, elevating Tyson Fury to the number 2 spot after last month’s manhandling of Tom Schwarz.
“They have just parachuted a novice heavyweight into the number one spot before he’s even had a fight and added further insult to injury by slotting Fury in above me for beating Tom Schwarz. It’s beyond a f***ing joke,” said Whyte.
“Fury hasn’t beaten anyone of note since returning from his steroid ban. Sefer Seferi, Francesco Pianeta and Tom Schwarz are all nobodies. Wouldn’t it be funny if the WBO title gets vacated and they call Usyk against Fury for the belt. Just watch Fury run like he did from me when the WBC ordered him to fight me for the diamond belt at his request. ‘Gypsy King’, my arse. Run Gypsy Coward, run!”
~ The Fighting Voice ~