By Scott Gilfoid: The WBC won’t be ordering the fight between heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte today during their convention in Mexico due to Dillian’s legal arbitration that is still ongoing. It’s unknown how soon the legal situation will be taken care of.
WBC mandatory/interim heavyweight champion Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) and his eager promoter Eddie Hearn had hoped the World Boxing Council would order the fight with Fury today, but it WON’T happen.
Michael Benson is reporting the roadblock preventing the WBC from going ahead with them ordering Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) to defend against the 33-year-old Whyte.
Fury doesn’t need the WBC strap
The WBC is obviously in a challenging position because if they order Fury to defend against Whyte, there’s a good possibility he’ll vacate the title. Losing Fury as the WBC’s champion would be a massive blow because Whyte is nowhere near as popular. It’ll be bad news for the WBC to have Fury dump their title in the trash bin.
Fury wants to fight the winner of the Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk II rematch, as that’s where boxing fans’ money and interest lie.
With Fury’s popularity right now, he doesn’t need ANY title, least of all the WBC strap, to fight the Joshua vs. Usyk 2 winner. Heck, Fury can go back to calling himself the ‘Lineal heavyweight champion,’ and that would be more than good enough for both the casual and the hardcore boxing fans.
The dough that Fury will make fighting the Joshua-Usyk 2 winner is out of this world good. We’re talking $100 million for Fury, and it’s silly for him to risk that against Whyte, who brings nothing to the table. With all that sweet cash Fury can make fighting AJ or Usyk, who needs Whyte?
In contrast, Fury will likely take a paycut from the loot that he made for his last two fights against Deontay Wilder to face Whyte. It doesn’t make sense for Fury to make less money fighting a desparate contender like Whyte than what he can get fighting the Joshua vs. Usyk winner.
Countdown to Fury vacating WBC belt
To make this interesting, we got to have a countdown for how much longer Fury owns his WBC title before he tosses it in the nearest trash bin. Gilfoid is predicting Fury dumps the needless strap within the week.
Once the WBC orders the Fury-Whyte fight, the title goes straight to the bin. I mean, who wouldn’t make this move? If you knew you would get $100 million+ fighting Joshua or Usyk, why on earth would you waste your time fighting Whyte?
If the WBC does order that fight, there’s an excellent posisbility that Fury will vacate his title rather than agree to give Whyte a 55-45 split.
That’s way more than what Whyte would get against a star like Fury if he were making a simple defense against him, and it’s not worth it for the Gyspy King.
In terms of popularity and what the two fighters bring to the table, you can argue that a 90-10 split in Fury’s favor would make sense. I’m just saying. Even 90-10 is kind to Whyte because he’s an unknown in the U.S, so a 95-5 split would make more sense.