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Tyson Fury’s Next Opponent Has Been Ordered, Fight To Take Place Next Year

James Hilsum

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Tyson Fury’s Next Opponent Has Been Ordered, Fight To Take Place Next Year

Tyson Fury looks set to face Dillian Whyte for his next fight after being ordered to defend his WBC heavyweight title by the major boxing organisation.

The 30-day deadline for Fury to agree an undisputed world title fight has now passed, meaning Whyte will enforce his mandatory title fight against the Gypsy King.

This latest development means that an undisputed world title fight between Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will not go ahead, allowing the Ukrainian to focus on a rematch against Anthony Joshua.

The Mirror reports that the fight between Fury and Whyte is expected to take place next March, with either Cardiff or Manchester identified as potential locations for the all-British contest.

PA: Dillian Whyte
PA: Dillian Whyte

There has certainly been no love lost between the two men, and that bad blood looks set to be brought into the ring within the not-too-distant future.

"Fury has been mandated to fight me twice. He asked for the WBC 'Diamond' belt to fight me, but ran away when they agreed. He just keeps making excuses," Whyte told Sky Sports.

"Hopefully now he's got no choice. What's he going to do? Throw the belt in the bin and run away from more money than he got to fight [Deontay] Wilder?

"Obviously he says he's a fighting man and a man of his word, but we all know he talks a lot of s***, so let's see.

"He said he was going to fight me after he beat Wilder, then he ran away. Let's see what he does."

The fight is currently in the free negotiations period, but will go to purse bids if no deal is agreed between the parties.

It's going to be fascinating to see if 'The Body Snatcher' can take away Fury's WBC belt.

Topics: Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte, Oleksandr Usyk

James Hilsum
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