By Jordan Victor 

The ongoing situation between Dillian Whyte and the WBC has today reached new heights. As the No.1 ranked heavyweight has now been ordered to fight lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in a final eliminator.

This will very much be seen as a confusing situation to the fans as Fury had already pulled out of an ordered rematch with the current champion Deontay Wilder. This marks an ongoing frustration for Whyte, who many believe should be installed as the mandatory to Wilder.

Having won the WBC International heavyweight title back in 2016 in a fight with Dave Allen, Whyte had clearly signalled that it was his intention to climb up the WBC rankings. This victory was then followed up with a 2017 victory in which Whyte claimed the WBC silver heavyweight title in a gritty performance over Robert Helenius.

Whyte then went on to defend this title with one of the most impressive win streaks of recent memory. Defeating former world champions Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker and culminating with a vicious knockout of Dereck Chisora. From that point it seemed no one could deny Whyte his shot at the Alabama-based champion.

However, we where wrong as the WBC ordered the rematch of Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury. A fair decision in the eyes of many, as it seemed that Whyte would be ordered to fight the controversial mandatory Dominic Breazeale. At last it seemed that Whyte had got his more than deserved shot, but this was far from the case.

As Tyson Fury pulled out of the rematch, in order to align himself with Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotions. This then left the WBC champion Wilder without an opponent… and you guessed it in stepped Dominic Breazeale. The No.4 ranked heavyweight had somehow jumped over Whyte. To make matters worse the WBC then attempted to make this a mandatory defence, much to the dismay of Team Whyte.

This has led to months of ongoing negotiations between WBC President Mauricio Suliman and Matchroom Boxing head Eddie Hearn (promoter of Whyte). Finally, these talks came to a head this May, in which a final eliminator had been ordered in which Whyte would contest.

The general consensus had been that this final eliminator would pit Whyte against already scheduled opponent Oscar Rivas. With the Colombian having come off a sensational knockout of Bryant Jennings, a world force in his own right. But no, the man who had been ordered to face Whyte for the mandatory position was Tyson Fury. The same man who had already been mandated to fight Wilder but pulled out for his own reasons. Bear in mind also that the WBC already know that Fury has a bout scheduled against Tom Schwarz in June.

The whole situation is an absolute mess largely as a result of the WBC’s failure to have a clear and unbiased system in effect. For now, the situation is still up in the air, as all sides will negotiate further to come to an agreement. One can only hope that whatever the WBC decide benefits all parties involved. One would hope that this would result in Whyte vs Rivas in July at the O2 being for the final eliminator spot.

As in all fairness he seems like the only world contender at heavyweight willing to put it all on the line. Both Fury and Joshua are more than deserving opponents of Joshua, however negotiations between these sides have been going on for years. And it is only fair that someone like Whyte or even his opponent Rivas are rewarded for putting it all on the line


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