The World Boxing Commission has asked Tyson Fury to defend his heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte in 2022. Fury’s promotional team within Top Rank must put together a deal with Matchroom or the fight will go to a purse bid.
Recently, reports have suggested that Fury would like to defend his title against Oleksandr Usyk in a unification bout. With that said, Fury has also been open to fighting Whyte as well. In a recent interview with iFL TV, Fury said called Whyte an “easy” and “ideal” opponent.
“Heavy bag on legs is what I’m after to be honest. He’d have been the ideal candidate,” Fury told iFL TV.
“When they make him a mandatory challenger, I will defend my belt and butcher him, no problem.”
Boxing insider Mike Coppinger has reported that the fight will likely take place next spring in the United Kingdom. Fury has not fought in the U.K. since his first fight with Deontay Wilder three years ago.
While Fury has been rising up the heavyweight ranks, Whyte has earned victories against Oscar Rivas, Mariusz Wach and Dereck Chisora. He also avenged the second loss of his career by defeating Alexander Povetkin in March. Despite suffering two losses in his career, Whyte believes he can be the first person to stop Fury.
“The coward [Fury] really doesn’t want any smoke,” Whyte wrote on Instagram.
“I can’t wait for my moment, it will be a special night.”