Whyte: ‘I hope Tyson Fury beats Deontay Wilder’

By Boxing News - 02/17/2020 - Comments

By Tim Royner: Dillian Whyte says he’s hoping that Tyson Fury beats WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, this Saturday night, but he also realizes that it’s not going to help him even if he does. Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) recently said he’ll only be fighting 3 more times, and Whyte isn’t on his list. So in that respect, Whyte is actually rooting against himself by wanting Fury to win.

If Fury beats Wilder, then he’ll move on and face Anthony Joshua and Dereck Chisora before retiring. In the meantime, Wilder’s star will have been diminished greatly by the loss to Fury. If Whyte and Wilder end up battling for the WBC belt after Fury retires, the fight won’t be as big as it would if Deontay  was still the champion

Whyte expects Wilder-Fury 2 rematch to play out like the first fight

“I don’t see things being much different from the first fight,” said Whyte to Sky Sports Boxing on Wilder vs. Fury 2 rematch. “Tyson Fury, hopefully now is in a better place, and is in better shape mentally and physically. I hope he does beat Deontay Wilder, but that doesn’t guarantee me a fight. He said he’ll fight me one minute, and in the next minute, he says he’ll fight Dereck Chisora.

“I don’t know. I just want to get a hold of one of them and smash them to bits,” said Whyte on Wilder vs. Fury. “That’s it. I just want to take years of frustration out on them. Well, I got one of the hardest chins in heavyweight boxing.

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Fury wants the Anthony Joshua fight, and he’s going to give Chisora a trilogy match for old time’s sake. Tyson likes Chisora as a person, so he’s going to give him a fight before he hangs up his gloves.

Whyte will get a title shot next year against the WBC champion, but he’ll need to win his fights in 2020. He’ll be facing Alexander Povetkin next, and that’s going to be a hard fight.

Povetkin can punch, and Whyte is starting to sound like he’s not the same guy. The punishment that Whyte has taken in his last 4 fights seems to be wearing him down. If Whyte has 2 tough fights in 2020, he may not have much left to challenge for a title.

Whyte sees Wilder and Fury fight as a tough one to predict

“Tyson Fury knows he can out-box Deontay Wilder,” said Whyte. “And Deontay Wilder also knows if he clocks him early, he’s in trouble. Tyson Fury also has the self-belief, ‘I got up from your hardest shot in the later rounds when I was tired.'”

If Fury can take Wilder’s best shots for 12 rounds and not go down, he has a good chance of winning. It’s going to be hard for him to do that though because Wilder is punching even better now than he did before. His right arm is at 100% for the rematch, and he says it was only 50% for the first fight.