By William Lloyd: Tyson Fury says he’s not going to wait on Dillian Whyte for his arbitration case to settle before the fights again. Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) says he’ll be fighting in February or March guaranteed, and he’s not going to wait on WBC interim champion Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs).
Fury, 33, points out that his past arbitration case with Deontay Wilder lasted 18 months before it was finally completed.
Consequently, Fury has zero interest in waiting for Whyte’s arbitration case with the World Boxing Council to be completed before he returns to the ring.
As far as who he’ll be fighting in February or March, Fury isn’t sure yet. He says if his promoters don’t line him up with fight by then, he will fire them all and promote himself.
Ideally, Fury says he would like to face IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk to show how it’s done in beating a smaller heavyweight.
It’s not going to make Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing happy hearing Fury says he’s not going to wait for him because he seems to be under the impression that the two will be fighting next.
Fury WON’T wait for Dillian
“I thought I was going to be fighting Dillian Whyte. I don’t know what he’s doing with his own private life with the WBC,” said Tyson Fury to iFL TV on Whyte.
“He’s got a court case going on, which can be s**** really because I know how long arbitrations go on for. It took 18 months to get mine sorted with Deontay Wilder, so I hope he [Whyte] doesn’t get caught in the long grass, and I hope I don’t have to fight somebody else like a voluntary.
“Yeah, I’m not interested in waiting for people. I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do. I’ll be fighting in February, early March at the latest. I’ll be defending my WBC championship, and that’s it.
“Not fighting him [Whyte]? No,” said Fury when asked if he ever considered NOT fighting Dillian Whyte. “It’s too easy a fight anyway. So, it’ll be ideal, really. A heavy bag on legs is what I’m after, to be honest.
“I need him. He’s the ideal candidate, to be fair, but I’m sure he’s got his own legal situations going on, and he needs to sort that out first. I don’t care who I fight,” said Fury.
It’s a wise move for Fury to move on and fight someone else in February or March instead of waiting for Whyte’s arbitration case to come to a completion.
As it is, Fury already lost a lot of time waiting for Wilder’s arbitration cause to settle before he could face him in their trilogy match. The last thing Fury needs now is to put his career on ice for another 18 months waiting for Dillians’s arbitration situation with the WBC to be completed.
Whyte may have shot himself in the foot by choosing to go after the WBC with this lawsuit. If he hadn’t done that, they likely would have ordered the Fury vs. Whyte fight this week, and everything would have been done.
It’s still not a given that Whyte will get a chance to fight Fury because he would need to agree to the purse split, and Top Rank is talking about an 80-20 split. That’s light-years away from the 55-45 that the WBC says is possible for interim champions.
Tyson says he’ll give Usyk a good hiding
“I’ll take the little cruiserweight guy [Oleksandr Usyk] and show how to give a small man a good hiding. I’ll run him over. He’s too small.
“I am definitely fighting in February or early March, 1 million percent. There are no ifs, buts, or maybes about it, or I will sack my full promotional outfit, and I’ll promote myself. Gypsy King Promotions.
“Who it is, I just don’t give a damn because the outcome will always be the same. I will win, and I will knock the mother f***** out because that’s how I do it now. Detroit, what’s up?” said Fury.
Usyk is fighting Anthony Joshua next in a rematch, which means Fury’s only chance to fight the undefeated three-belt champion is if Joshua steps aside.
Other than that, Fury will need to wait and see who emerges as the winner of that contest. Fury’s promoter Bob Arum has been attempting to throw a lifeline to Joshua by asking him to step aside so that Tyson could face Usyk, but he’s thus resisted that idea.