Dillian Whyte has been replaced from his mandatory challenger spot against Deontay Wilder by Tyson Fury for the WBC Championship fight. His promoter Eddie Hearn is not too pleased about this sudden challenger replacement and called it a ‘decision of convenience’ from the governing boxing body.
Whyte got his status of mandatory challenger suspended, which he had gotten after a win over Oscar Rivas, in the wake of his UK Doping Test, despite his insistence that he fought that fight fair and square.
The statement recently doled out by WBC states that Whyte now needs to wait for at least 16 months for having his first-ever shot at World Title. The statement read as follows, “if his situation gets resolved, he will be the mandatory challenger by February 2021.”
As for Fury, who had a draw against Deontay Wilder in their first fight, he is now once more set to face him in 2020 as the new mandatory challenger.
Hearn, the promoter of Whyte said, “Nothing in this sport surprises me anymore. I do not see how they can suspend his position even when he has not been suspended by any of the governing bodies or as a matter of fact by any of the doping agencies. Again, we want to say that UKAFD must hurry up and make their statement on this fight because now this situation is getting boring by the minute.”
Recently WBC has gone on to upgrade fighters like Vasiliy Lomachenko and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez have been promoted to the statuses of Franchise Champions along with Devin Haney being promoted to the status of lightweight champion and the middleweight champion is Jermall Charlo.
As for Wilder, new such heavyweight champion announcements have been made yet.
Up next Wilder, who is still unbeaten, will defend his title belt against Luis Ortiz in a fight which will be held on 23r November.