Dillian Whyte ready to face Wilder on Oct.9th if Tyson Fury pulls out
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian ‘The Bodysnatcher’ Whyte is reportedly ready to step in to replace current WBC champ Tyson Fury for his October 9th fight against Deontay Wilder.
Fury’s newborn daughter has been receiving hospitable care after her recent birth, and it’s kept him from beginning his training.
While Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) posted a message on social media on Monday, saying that his daughter could come home on Wednesday and that he’ll be starting training camp, that would leave him only six weeks to prepare for Deontay.
With Fury already having postponed the trilogy fight with Wilder after catching COVID-19, Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) is calling for the World Boxing Council to step in and strip him and give him the ‘Champion in Recess’ tag so that he can face Deontay on October 9th.
History is repeating itself
Even if Fury doesn’t pull out of the fight with Wilder, the WBC should seriously consider stripping him of his title, as it’s already been 18 months since he captured the title in February 2020, yet he STILL hasn’t made his first defense of the belt.
History is repeating itself. We saw the same thing from Fury after he dethroned IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
With Fury’s life spinning out of control with one thing after another getting in the way of him defending his three titles, he ended up sitting out of the ring for three years, twiddling his thumbs before finally getting off the sofa to return to the ring in 2018.
Fury, 33, obviously has been going through a lot lately, and it might be better if the WBC does strip him and give his title to Whyte.
It makes sense for Fury, Whyte, boxing fans, and Deontay because it would increase the chances of the October 9th fight happening without further delay.
Fury’s father, John Fury, says he doesn’t care if the Wilder fight doesn’t happen. He wants the boxing fans to wait because right now, he’s dealing with a more important matter with his daughter being in the hospital.
“It’s only a boxing match; let people wait,” said John Fury to BT Sport Boxing. “I don’t care if he fights Wilder next year, or he never fights him”
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“If problems persist, then we will CANCEL the fight; I will cancel the fight,” John Fury continued. “Nobody could expect a boxing match to go on in times like this. Family is family.”
There it is. As you can see, Fury has more important things on his mind right now than training for his important fight with Wilder.
We don’t want Fury to rush through camp superficially, showing up on the night looking flabby on October 9th and getting sparked out by the 6’7″ Deontay, do we?
You can already predict the excuses coming from Fury after the fight, can’t you? He’ll say he wasn’t right mentally because he was distracted and forced to have an abbreviated training camp.
As such, whatever credit the talented Deontay would have received would be basically gone.
In fairness to Whyte, he should be elevated to WBC champion while Fury is with his family during this important period.
Fury can always fight the winner of the Whyte vs. Wilder fight once things clear up for him.
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