By Jake Donovan
Tyson Fury has yet to line up an official opponent for his next planned fight later this fall but is thoroughly enjoying his verbal sparring session in the interim.
The unbeaten Brit continues to dig into countryman Dillian Whyte, whom remains locked in for a July 20 showdown versus undefeated contender Oscar Rivas in London but has remained the target of Fury’s wrath. The two have traded words for years but never more so in recent weeks, even after fumbling plans for an ordered title eliminator.
“Dillian Whyte, he can’t fight, he’s a bum,” Fury (28-0-1, 20KOs) insisted during a recent interview with Behind The Gloves’ Michelle Joy Phelps. “He’s got no stamina, he can’t take a punch, and he’s useless, he really can’t fight. And he’s a s***house. Dillian Whyte’s a coward… no guts, he’s a coward.”
The harsh comments were in response to a recent suggestion by Whyte that the former lineal champion is avoiding him in the ring. The two were requested by the World Boxing Council (WBC) to meet in a bout to determine the mandatory challenger to unbeaten heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder (41-0-1, 40KOs).
Fury has already faced the unbeaten Alabama native, fighting to a 12-round draw last December in a bout most believed he deserved to win despite suffering two late knockdowns. The recently ordered Fury-Whyte fight by the WBC is interesting, since the sanctioning body has previously blessed a rematch between Fury and Wilder, one which was due to take place earlier this year but is now back on course for the first quarter of 2020.
The pair of unbeaten top-rated heavyweights will first take interim fights before renewing their in-ring rivalry.
Wilder has on tap another rematch, this with Luis Ortiz which is due to take place later this fall. Fury—who is less than a month removed from a 2nd round knockout of unbeaten but unheralded Tom Schwarz—claims to be returning October 5, likely in New York against an opponent to be determined.
Chances are, it won’t be Whyte—not then or any time soon thereafter.
“Dillian Whyte… you ain’t getting a WBC title shot. 500 days, is it, at the mandatory position,” Fury quipped [Writer’s note: it’s actually more than 600 days]. “Still can’t get a title shot and I’ve tied Wilder up for f*****g two fights, mush.
“We’re gonna fight February 22 [Writer’s note: since refuted] and then there’s a rematch clause, a trilogy, so it doesn’t look like he’s gonna get his shot.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox