Tyson Fury reacts to taking Dillian Whyte’s place as Deontay Wilder’s mandatory challenger, believes WBC owe him belt from previous robbery

Tyson Fury has exclusively given talkSPORT.com his reaction to becoming Deontay Wilder’s 2020 mandatory challenger ahead of Dillian Whyte.

The ‘Gypsy King’ is seemingly confused by the WBC’s decision after they announced earlier this month that he was now getting a mandatory shot at their champion, who he’d already signed to face regardless.

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Tyson Fury was a special guest on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Thursday
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This came at the expense of Dillian Whyte, whose mandatory status has been suspended until his UKAD situation is resolved.

Fury reacted by telling talkSPORT.com: “I’m not sure what that means at all.

“The fight was already signed, the mandatories and all that doesn’t mean anything to me, because I’m the ‘lineal’ heavyweight champion of the world.

“You get more money as a mandatory. But obviously the split is nothing to what I’ll be getting as a ‘lineal’ champion anyway.

“It’s just a thing that they do, these organisations. I’m sure they’ve got their reasons why. We all know why.”

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Dillian Whyte holds the WBC ‘interim’ belt, but has had his status suspended by the WBC until his UKAD situation is resolved
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Despite his lack of enthusiasm for the sanctioning body politics, Fury’s eye has been caught by the WBC’s decision to start designating ‘franchise’ champions within certain divisions.

In recent months, Canelo Alvarez and Vasyl Lomachenko have been upgraded from being standard WBC world champions and are now in a position where they don’t have to face mandatory challengers and can’t be dethroned by a defeat.

As a result, they are now ‘franchise’ champions while Jermall Charlo and Devin Haney have replaced them as the standard champions.

Deontay Wilder has declared that he doesn’t want this to happen to him, though Fury is not against the idea.

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Wilder insists he is happy to defend his WBC belt against all comers
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The ‘Gypsy King’ continued: “I think they’ve made a great decision. Whatever it means for them, great, but for me it’s not gonna change my position, not gonna make me any more money, not gonna do anything.

“Not unless they give Wilder this new belt, the ‘franchise’ champion, move him to that and make me WBC champion.

“I’m not sure what’s going on because they’ve done it recently with Lomachenko, Canelo, and the other kid has become a world champion Devin Haney and also Jermall Charlo.

“They gave it to them so hopefully they’ll give me one too, they owe me a WBC belt from LA last time anyway, so it’d be nice for them to send it to me in the post, thank you.”

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