By Charles Brun: Dillian Whyte will use nonstop pressure to defeat Tyson Fury, says promoter Eddie Hearn. Whyte will use the same roughhouse tactics that Fury utilized to defeat Deontay Wilder in his last two fights, and he’ll hit him hard to wear him down.
Before Wilder gassed out after the third round, Fury had problems with his punching power, getting dropped twice and being given what many boxing fans saw as a long count in the fourth round in which 11 seconds ticked off the clock.
Unfortunately, Hearn is counting his chickens before they’ve hatched when it comes to Whyte getting a dream payday/cash-out fight against Fury because that fight might not happen. With the way Hearn is carrying on about how Whyte will break Fury down with pressure, I don’t see how the Gypsy King comes out ahead, giving him a crack at his WBC title. I mean, Fury could make $100 million fighting the Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk 2 winner.
Why on Earth would Fury want to risk that kind of dough fighting a desperate Whyte, especially after hearing his promoter Hearn describe what’s in store for him. Hearn is making it sound like Fury will need to run through a gauntlet in the form of Whyte for him to get to the $100 million jackpot waiting for him next year against the Joshua-Usyk 2 winner.
The obvious thing for Fury to do is drop the WBC belt and let Whyte scrap for the strap against Luis Ortiz. If nothing else, it’ll be interesting to see if Whyte chooses to fight for the title or give up on his dream of fighting for the WBC belt.
Fury may go in another direction for his next fight by choosing the capable Joe Joyce (13-0, 12 KOs), who is about as well known in the U.S as Whyte.
That’s an easier fight for Top Rank to put together, and they wouldn’t have to worry about it going to a purse bid. Barry Hearn mentioned last Saturday that he thinks it’s a good idea for the Fury vs. Whyte fight to go through the purse bid process.
If you’re Top Rank, that’s something they’re not eager to see that happen. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum might be better off steering Fury towards the Joe Joyce fight rather than dealing with the headache of a purse bid situation that would come with defending against Whyte.
“Pressure, he needs to dog it out with him, and he needs to be in the kind of fight that Fury was in with Wilder,” said Eddie Hearn to Boxing Social when asked how Dillian Whyte can defeat Tyson Fury.
“Dillian wouldn’t gas out after three rounds, he would go for 12, and that was the only way Wilder was going to beat him if he had an engine to carry on from that third round. He [Wilder] was [expletive] in the fourth round. If he had an engine, he could have won that fight.
“That’s how he’s [Whyte] going to do it. He’s not going to outbox him [Fury]. He’s got to dog it out and hit him hard and work the body and rough him up. He’s got to have that kind of fight and outlast him,” said Hearn.
Whyte is Fury’s WBC mandatory challenger, but it’s still unknown whether to defend against him next. Hearn says the WBC whether Fury must face Whyte next at their convention in mid-November in Mexico. The Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn plans on flying over to Mexico during the WBC convention to find out Whyte’s status.
Otto Wallin’s promoter Dmitry Salita is hoping the WBC will order Whyte to reschedule their fight, which was supposed to occur last Saturday night on October 30th at the O2 Arena in London.
Whyte pulled out of the fight, saying that he injured his shoulder. He now expects to fight Fury next and has been calling him out despite being supposedly injured. That’s the odd part about it. If Whyte is hurt, why is he calling out Fury for a fight rather than rescheduling with Wallin?