Hearn expects Fury vs. Whyte to happen next
By Charles Brun: Eddie Hearn is sounding highly optimistic that the WBC will make the Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte fight for the interim WBC heavyweight world title. Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) said in a recent interview that he’ll fight Whyte (25-1, 18 KOs) if the WBC Diamond title is on the line.
Hearn has subsequently written to the World Boxing Council to relay the news about Fury agreeing to fight Whyte, as long as the Diamond title is on the line. Hearn is now waiting for the WBC to give the green light to the fight, and order it officially.
Eddie says that if the WBC orders the Fury vs. Whyte fight, then WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder would still be able to take one fight in the meantime. After that, Wilder would have to fight the winner of the Fury vs. Whyte fight. Hearn is confident that the 31-year-old Whyte beats Fury. That may not happen like Hearn has planned it unfortunately, so he could end up regretting that he pushed for the Fury-Whyte fight.
Hearn doesn’t know for sure what WBC will decide
“It’s very likely that the Oscar Rivas fight will be for the interim WBC world title, and then we have confirmed we are happy to fight Tyson Fury next, because he came out and said he will fight Dillian Whyte for the Diamond belt,” Hearn said to IFL TV. “So, we wrote to the WBC, and said, ‘Great news, Tyson Fury will fight Dillian Whyte for the Diamond belt.’ So, we’re in for that now.”
“After he [Whyte] beats Rivas, he will become the mandatory [for Deontay Wilder]. That’s what we requested, but Deontay will be allowed another fight in October or whenever he’s going to fight, and we’ll fight Fury next, and then after Dillian beats Fury, he’ll fight Wilder,” Hearn said.
You must admit, the way that Hearn is explaining things, he almost sounds like he’s the boss of the WBC. Hearn is TOO confident that things are going to workout just as he plans; when in reality, they probably wont. Even if the WBC orders the Fury vs. Whyte fight, and Fury agrees to take the match, Dillian’s chances of winning would be low. Whyte has a similar fighting style as Dereck Chisora, who Fury twice beat with ease. In other words, Whyte is made to order for Fury. Whyte almost lost to Chisora twice.
Most boxing fans would pick the 6’9″ Fury to dominate Whyte, and give him second career loss. It wouldn’t be all bad for Whyte and Hearn. A fight against Fury would make Whyte a lot of money, and it would bring in a lot of revenue for Matchroom Boxing. Obviously, it would hurt the pay-per-view buys for a future rematch between Joshua and Whyte, but that’s not Hearn’s fault. Dillian is the one that wants to go the WBC route instead of simply taking a title shot against Anthony Joshua, which was offered to him recently. Whyte priced hismelf out, and now he’s fighting Oscar Rivas.
“No problem, but that fights got to happen next unless Tyson pulls out, but he’s not going to pull out,” Hearn said when asked if he’d be willing to let Whyte fight Fury on ESPN. “He [Fury] said he would fight. If they don’t want to do a deal, we’ll go to purse bid or if they want to do the fight on DAZN.”
“You’re going to get a Lomachenko-Campbell situation…If they make Dillian an unbelievable offer, no problem,” said Hearn. “We can do it on ESPN. If you get into a bidding war type of situation, both fighters are going to make a lot of money.”
Fury may have been joking about wanting to face Whyte
What Hearn fails to understand is Fury might not have been serious about wanting to face Whyte for the WBC Diamond title. It’s quite possible Fury volunteered to face Whyte, because he didn’t think the WBC would ever agree to put their diamond heavyweight title on the line for a fight between him and Whyte.
The WBC still hasn’t said whether they’ll order the Fury vs. Whyte fight for the Diamond and interim WBC title. If they do order it, Fury will almost surely ignore the order and continue to fight the guys that his promoters at Top Rank want him to fight. Whyte isn’t in Top Rank’s plans. They’ve got a lot of beatable guys that Fury can fight like Bryant Jennings and Kubrat Pulev.
“The fights on. It’s been accepted by both sides,” Hearn said. “So, Fury has got to beat [Tom] Schwarz, and Dillian has got to beat Rivas. Then we’ve got Fury against Whyte. The only way it doesn’t happen is if one of them doesn’t accept the fight,” Hearn said.
Hearn sounds like he doesn’t have both feet on the ground with the way he’s talking about how Fury supposedly agreed to the fight with Whyte. Until it’s in writing, it doesn’t mean anything. Fury told a female interviewer from Behind the Gloves that he would fight Whyte, but he was bragging about himself throughout that strange interview. She interviewed Fury while he was lying own on a bed. It was very odd interview.
When Fury started talking about facing Whyte if the WBC Diamond title was on the line, this writer expected him to start laughing at any moment, because he didn’t look serious. You hate to say it, but Hearn is going to get Whyte’s hopes up for nothing, and leave him disappointed. It would be wiser for Hearn to be skeptical about Fury taking the fight with Whyte rather than being so optimistic. Hearn sounds both extremely gullible and desperate at the same time.
“We’re in,” Hearn said about Fury having recently agreed to fight Whyte for the WBC Diamond title. “He said it in an interview. So, they [the World Boxing Council] will write to him after this fight and say, ‘You’re now in the negotiation period for the Dillian Whyte fight for the Diamond title to happen next,’ Hearn said about the WBC potentially ordering the Fury vs. Whyte fight. “It’s an amazing fight.”