‘I thought they were taking the p***’: Dillian Whyte says Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua went ‘100 steps too far’ by agreeing on a two-match showdown as he awaits a heavyweight title shot
- Dillian Whyte has criticized Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua over the two-fight deal
- The Body Snatcher’s WBC heavyweight title shot is due next February
- But WBC champion Fury has reached an agreement to take on Joshua
- Fury is slated to face Deontay Wilder first while Joshua will fight Kubrat Pulev
Dillian Whyte has accused heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury of ‘taking the p***’ by negotiating a double-header while he awaits his long-promised world title shot.
Whyte, the mandatory challenger to Fury’s WBC title, took legal action after it was announced that Fury and AJ had agreed on a two-fight deal in principle.
The Brixton heavyweight, whose title shot is due next February, said: ‘I thought they were taking the p***! Straight away, that was 100 steps too far, they were taking the p***… I got straight on the phone to (promoter) Eddie Hearn and the WBC. They already took my mandatory unjustifiably before and now they were trying to shaft me again. I was enraged.’
Dillian Whyte has taken legal action against heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury
To remain on course for the world title, Whyte must beat Alexander Povetkin in Eddie Hearn’s back garden on August 22.
Between then and February, Fury faces a third fight with Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua defends his unified titles against Kubrat Pulev.
Coronavirus has thrown the boxing calendar into disarray but Whyte has urged his fellow heavyweights not to wait for normality to return.
Dillian Whyte is the mandatory challenger for the WBC title currently held by Tyson Fury
But Fury has agreed on a two-fight deal in principle with fellow Briton Anthony Joshua
‘If things never go back to normal, are we going to give up?’ he said. ‘We cannot just sit and wait for crowds to come back, we just need to get on with it.
‘I would have another fight behind closed doors. That’s my job.’
Whyte also admitted he’s frequently come close to leaving Hearn during this wait for a title shot. As for a potential second fight with Joshua? ‘I’ll fight him, put the purse in the middle, winner takes all.’