According to boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, plans for a trilogy of matches between heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will likely be scuppered by Dillian Whyte.
Wilder recently announced that he will take on Fury again in early 2020, a rematch from their epic draw in late 2018. The ‘Gypsy King’s’ co-promoter Bob Arum then said a third fight would be on the table.
Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion, has also already announced his next bout – a rematch with Luis Ortiz – meaning three title defences are lined up to take him through to the end of 2020.
However, perennial contender Whyte is currently in mediation with the WBC and will have the opportunity to become mandatory challenger for Wilder when he takes on Oscar Rivas on July 20.
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If he wins this fight, the ‘Body Snatcher’ has no intention of waiting until 2021 for his shot at the champion.
When asked about Wilder’s plans to face Ortiz, and then possibly two bouts with Fury, Hearn told iFL TV: “It’s not allowed. 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 and the mandatory position, but we want it next.
“The offer from the WBC is for the ‘interim’ title and mandatory position, it’s when that mandatory occurs [that is yet to be decided].
“There will be serious issues if that mandatory is not when we want that mandatory to be. It’s ongoing.”
Hearn concluded: “Deontay Wilder must fight Dillian Whyte, and I say to the people out there – keep supporting Dillian Whyte.
“He has been number one for 580 days and he still isn’t mandatory and we’ve got to make sure he gets what he deserves.”