Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte is still steaming made, after the WBO made Oleksandr Usyk the mandatory challenger to current world champion Andy Ruiz, who also holds the WBA, IBF, IBO titles.
Usyk, who moved up from the cruiserweight division after unifying the four major titles, petitioned to become the mandatory challenger and he was approved by the WBO.
Usyk has yet to fight in the heavyweight division.
He was going to make his debut in the division back in May against Carlos Takam, but withdrew from the bout after suffering an injury.
“I can’t get over the fact the WBO have made Oleksandr Usyk mandatory challenger for their heavyweight title. It’s a joke, pure and simple. I get it that he was the undisputed cruiserweight champion, but at least let the man have a fight at heavyweight first. You can’t just hand it to him. But this is boxing, it’s full of nonsense. If you let yourself get bogged down in the politics and the hype then this sport will make you lose your mind,” Whyte told Talk Sport.
“Usyk is supposedly injured now and he didn’t even apply for the mandatory position until after Anthony Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz Jr. These guys want to pick and choose. He’s looking at Ruiz Jr and thinking ‘I can beat him’ but he wasn’t saying that when Joshua was champion, was he?”
Whyte then sounded off regarding the WBO’s latest move, where they bumped him down to the number 3 position – and elevated Tyson Fury to the number 2 spot – for last month’s win over Tom Schwarz.
“They have just parachuted a novice heavyweight into the number one spot before he’s even had a fight and added further insult to injury by slotting Fury in above me for beating Tom Schwarz. It’s beyond a f***ing joke,” Whyte said.
“Fury hasn’t beaten anyone of note since returning from his steroid ban. Sefer Seferi, Francesco Pianeta and Tom Schwarz are all nobodies. Wouldn’t it be funny if the WBO title gets vacated and they call Usyk against Fury for the belt. Just watch Fury run like he did from me when the WBC ordered him to fight me for the diamond belt at his request. ‘Gypsy King’, my arse. Run Gypsy Coward, run!”