Tyson Fury not interested in Dillian Whyte being his WBC mandatory
By Charles Brun: Tyson Fury says he’s not interested in discussing the possibility of fighting interim WBC heavyweight champion Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte in his next title defense.
The World Boxing Council made Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) mandatory for Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs), saying that he MUST defend against him or Otto Wallin next.
Whyte is battling Wallin (22-1, 14 KOs) this month on October 30th, and the interim WBC title, along with the mandatory position, will be at stake for the fight.
Tyson won’t commit to fighting Whyte
“That’s something I’ve not been told or am even interested in right now,” said Fury about the WBC making Whyte his mandatory challenger. “I’ve got Deontay Wilder to deal with first, and then we’ll sit down and make a decision on what’s next.
Oh boy, that sure does sound like Fury will vacate his WBC title so avoid fighting Whyte or the talented Wallin, doesn’t it?
Interestingly, Fury won’t commit to fighting the Whyte vs. Wallin winner now, as that sounds like he may choose to try and swerve the winner.
Unfortunately, Fury can only avoid fighting the Whyte-Wallin winner if he vacates his WBC title, which would be hard for him to do.
With Fury’s pride and enormous ego, it would be a bitter pill for him to swallow to vacate his WBC title to avoid fighting the winner of the Whyte vs. Wallin fight.
Fury already knows what it’s like to fight the tough Swede Wallin from his life & death struggle in 2019, a contest in which Tyson was VERY lucky the ringside doctor didn’t halt the fight due to the massive gash over his right eye that opened in the second round.
If Fury’s name was ‘Joe Blow‘ and he wasn’t as popular as he is, the fight would have been stopped by the third round, and Wallin would have been the winner.
‘Wilder wouldn’t look at me’ – Fury
“Zero, I don’t respect him as a man or a fighter,” said Fury when asked about whether he respects Deontay Wilder during their final press conference on Wednesday.
“It’s a boxing match. I don’t really care what he does. It’s like fishing. You’re not going to catch a fish on your first cast.
“You’ve got to keep going, and you got to keep going,” said Fury about Wilder losing his temper during the press conference. “I got him [Wilder] from saying nothing to being totally riled up and going into his mind again.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, take it nice and easy and then change the pattern and put on the plan. He fell for the old bait again, and that’s all we can say. What more can we say?” said Fury in patting himself on the back about Wilder getting annoyed with him during the press conference.
“He didn’t want to face me. I’m too much of a man for him. He didn’t want to look at ‘The Gypsy King’ because he would have seen determination, and I would have seen fear,” said Fury.
How could Wilder look at Fury when promoter Bob Arum jumped up out of his seat and called off the face-off between the two fighters last Wednesday?
I mean, Wilder didn’t even get a chance to fix Fury with his icy-cold stone look to let him know what’s in store for him.
You can argue that Arum did Fury a BIG favor by nixing the idea of a face-off because Wilder looked like he was ready to go bear-hunting with his right hand, and he might have ended the press conference with a savage shot to the head.
I hate to say it, but Arum might have saved Fury because Wilder looked very angry.
Fury staying off Usyk topic
“I am the lineal, WBC, and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion of the world, and I respect the hell out of that,” said Fury when asked about the flashy clothes he was wearing during the final press conference.
“I’ve got the Ring Magazine and WBC belts on them [Fury’s shoes], and the same as the suit. I’m representing my organization, and I’m doing it proudly because I am the flagship of this company, being the heavyweight champion of the world.
“So, I must conduct and look like a heavyweight champion of the world.
“I just said I’d train him and that if he wants to win his next fight, then he should let me train him for the fight,” Fury said when asked what he told former IBF/WBC/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua after his loss to Oleksandr Usyk.
“I’ve got Deontay Wilder to deal with, and I don’t want to talk about any opponents, but just for the record, I can beat them all,” Fury said when asked how he’d do against newly crowned IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
“Every single one of them put-together. They can’t beat me. No one can beat me. Not A, not B, not C, right down to Z, they can’t beat me,” said Fury.
“I would make him [Joshua] win that fight]. It’s not something I can tell him, and it’s something I’d have to show him,” Fury said on him being able to help Joshua defeat Usyk in their rematch in early 2022.
“Tyson Fury wins the fight. I’ll go home victorious. I don’t know, and I don’t care,” said Fury when asked about a prediction for Saturday’s fight against Wilder.
As you can tell, IBF/WBA/WBO champion Oleksander Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) is another third-rail topic that Fury doesn’t want to discuss. He knows that if he fights Usyk, there’s an excellent chance that he’s going to be outboxed just like Anthony Joshua.
All that ugly mauling, leaning, holding, and rabbit punching isn’t going to work on Usyk because he’s not going to stand there like a bump on a log in front of Fury, begging him to use his 270+ lb bulk to squash him as he did with Wilder last time.
The southpaw Usyk will stay on the move and move and pick Fury off with his laser-precision stinging left hands to the head all night.
Fury will have very few opportunities to wrap Usyk in his cacoon of horror to maltreat him like a human version of a grizzly bear attacking its prey.
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