Talks underway between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte, reveals Bob Arum

Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte talks are underway for a fight in February or March, reveals US promoter Bob Arum… with WBC champion Fury warned he’ll be in ‘a lot of trouble’ if he fails to respect mandatory challenger

  • The WBC ordered Tyson Fury to fight his mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte 
  • Bob Arum, who promotes Fury in the US, revealed talks are now underway
  • It is believed the heavyweight pair will target a fight in February or March 2022
  • Whyte is gearing up for his first ever crack at world honours after a lengthy wait 

Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte are targeting a heavyweight bout for the WBC title in the UK in February or March 2022, revealed promoter Bob Arum. 

On Tuesday the WBC officially ordered Fury, their current heavyweight champion, to defend his strap against mandatory challenger Whyte following the conclusion of his legal battle with the sanctioning body.

Arum, who promotes Fury in the United States, has since revealed that the two teams are already in talks. 

Talks have started to sort Tyson Fury’s (left) fight with WBC mandatory Dillian Whyte (right)

Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum (left) has revealed that talks are underway for a UK fight in 2022

‘[Fury’s UK-based promoter] Frank Warren talked [on Wednesday] to Tyson who wants to get in the ring in February or March,’ Arum told Sky Sports.

‘We are talking to Whyte now to come to an arrangement to put the fight on in the UK.  It will be a splendid fight and we are working hard to put it together.’

Warren and Arum feel they cannot wait any longer for Anthony Joshua to agree a megabucks deal to step aside from his rematch with Olexsandr Usyk and let the man who took his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts fight the Gypsy King for the undisputed world title. 

While Fury was more keen to have his next fight be for every belt in a bid to become undisputed heavyweight of the world, a UK fight with Whyte is appealing.

 Fury’s camp know they cannot wait around for the chance to go for the undisputed title


Tyson Fury                         Dillian Whyte

Age: 33                                Age: 33

Height: 6ft 9in                  Height: 6ft 4in 

Reach: 85in                        Reach: 78in 

Record: 31-0-1                   Record 28-2

KOs: 22                                  KOs: 19

It will be Fury ‘s homecoming to the UK after a long campaign in America which included his epic trilogy battle with Deontay Wilder. 

Whyte has had to be patient to wait for his first shot at a world championship belt but will get it against Fury provided talks progress and a deal is struck.

It is an interesting fight given their fractious relationship outside of the ring. 

The bitter rivals and former sparring partners have exchanged numerous unpleasantries since the Gypsy King made his famous boxing comeback three years ago, with a host of insults on social media sparking demand for a meeting between them.

After being labelled ’embarrassing’ and a ‘coward’ by Whyte ahead of his clash with Deontay Wilder in 2018, Fury hit back by writing on Instagram: ‘Cowards??? It could have been you (facing Wilder).

‘But someone didn’t want to fight the final eliminator vs (Luis) Ortiz, did you coward? So that’s why you’re not fighting Wilder.’

 Whyte has had to bide his time but finally looks set to get a shot at winning a world title belt

He then added: ‘Remember who you’re talking to – The Gypsy King, the man who has done everything that you could only dream of.

‘I know you’re a s***house dosser, enjoy being a work man for Eddie (Hearn).’

Asked if Fury may take Whyte lightly, Arum warned that that would spell ‘big trouble’ for the WBC champion. 

He added : ‘Why wouldn’t Fury respect Whyte? Heavyweights throw bombs. If he doesn’t respect him, he’ll be in a lot of trouble.

‘Fury is enough of a professional, and a great fighter, and he knows that you don’t take a guy like Whyte lightly.’

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