By Mark Elezaj
WBC No.1 contender Dillian Whyte has taken legal action against the Mexican sanctioning body to enforce his mandatory title shot against Tyson Fury.
Whyte, the WBC’s interim-title, has been the number one contender for the title since 2018.
The WBC has confirmed to Sky Sports, that Dillian Whyte has taken legal action against them.
“There is a procedure with regards to the date of the mandatory in the heavyweight division,” WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman told Sky Sports.
“Upon direct advice of WBC legal counsel, I am not in position to discuss any further.”
Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum, who co-promotes Fury, has stated that he doesn’t see much value in having Fury face Whyte.
Arum recently told Sky Sports that he was planning to have a conversation with the WBC, to either delay or eliminate Whyte’s mandated shot, stating that the coronavius pandemic has placed the entire sport of boxing on hold for several months.
Arum has a simple answer to all of these hurdles.
“It’s probably better if Dillian Whyte fights Usyk to get a real contender,” he told talkSPORT.
Fury, who captured the title in February, when he stopped Deontay Wilder in seven rounds earlier this year, has expressed very little interest in facing Whyte.
“I’ve fought the most vicious punchers in their own countries. I don’t fear a stocky plodder who comes forward with no power,” Fury told Dev Sahni on The Lockdown Lowdown.
Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn has previously stated that there is still a possibility for Whyte to face Fury first.
“The point of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua and the teams agreeing to the structure of that deal – that first fight can happen at the end of next summer,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“It will be 2021, but there is [still] a big period of time where Dillian Whyte should be getting his shot at the world title and that’s important to us.”
Whyte is currently waiting for a new date for his postponed fight with Russian veteran Alexander Povetkin.
There is a possibility, however, that Whyte could be handed the WBC title without ever stepping foot in the ring to face Fury. The WBC could move forward and make Fury their ‘Franchise’ champion while elevating Whyte to the status of the WBC champion.
Frank Warren, who compromises Tyson Fury, says he understands Whyte’s frustration at not getting a world title shot.
“It’s incredible what’s happened with him really. He was ranked number one with the WBO for God knows how long, ranked number one with the WBC and he’s just not got the fights. If I were him, I’d be asking the question… ‘Why hasn’t my promoter been able to get me those fights?’
“He’s on about suing the WBC, but they don’t seem to be the problem.
“It’s remarkable, really. I can’t think of another British fighter who’s been left out to dry as much as him. He was in the same stable as the WBO Champion and still couldn’t get a shot.
“You can see why he’s upset. He doesn’t feel he’s been looked after. At this point, Dillian must be wondering if he’s ever going to get a world title shot over there.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~