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Tyson Fury has to fight Dillian Whyte before taking on Anthony Joshua, says WBC chief after ‘The Body Snatcher’ takes legal action over mandatory title defence

Legal obstacle may have stalled the anticipated world boxing heavyweight unification bout of Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.

The WBC, whose title Tyson Fury is holding has ruled that the Briton must fight mandatory challenger,  Dillian Whyte before facing Anthony Joshua, the holder of four titles comprising of WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO.

The WBC say Tyson Fury must fight interim champion Dillian Whyte before Anthony Joshua

Before now, Fury and Joshua have announced that they have a two-fight deal in place for next year to determine who will be the undisputed heavyweight champion.  

The fight may no longer be a title unification should Fury loses to Whyte. Fury will needs to give Deontay Wilder his rematch first while Joshua has a mandatory defence in the form of Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.

And there is another hurdle for Fury to get over with Whyte having taken legal advice over the WBC’s treatment of him after nearly 1000 days as the sanctioning body’s recognised No 1 contender. 


But WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman claims Whyte will get his title shot while adding Fury’s fight with AJ is ‘just speculation.’

He told Boxing Insider Radio: ‘For the WBC there is a mandatory title defence that the champion has to make.

‘The mandatory challenger is the interim champion, Dillian Whyte.

‘He [Whyte] has the right to enforce his title shot after the Wilder vs Fury third fight. Fury vs Joshua is just speculation.

‘They have both come out and said that they have a deal which is very good. But there are many things that must take place before it actually happens.


‘Right now we don’t know when boxing is going to resume for some specific fights, such as the rematch between Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury.

‘We don’t know if that fight will happen October, November, December, next year.

‘We cannot control that. But for the WBC there is a legal contract that they signed for a third fight (between Fury and Wilder).’

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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