Tyson Fury has told Dillian Whyte not to bank on getting a world title shot against him in the near future.
Whyte is waiting as the WBC heavyweight champion’s mandatory challenger, with the fight due to be called in February 2021.
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The ‘Body Snatcher’ was previously set to get his shot midway through 2020, but the WBC gave his mandatory position to Fury due to Whyte’s UKAD situation at the time.
After being cleared of all wrongdoing, Whyte was reinstated as mandatory after Fury, who then used his shot to dethrone Deontay Wilder.
Now, the ‘Gypsy King’ has publicly revealed he will look to take a different route by unifying the division against Anthony Joshua instead.
Whyte tweeted: “Come on Tyson Fury, you stole my mandatory, fight me.
“Are you a king or a coward like Deontay Wilder? Let’s fight, I’m ready, let’s go.”
Fury replied with a comment on Instagram: “Funny how everyone wants to fight during COVID-19 when there’s no sports events happening.
“Also, I have a contracted fight with Deontay Wilder first, then when I win that I’ll have the fight with Joshua.
“Undisputed comes before mandatory, happy hunting.”
Whyte has been campaigning for a WBC heavyweight world title shot since rising to number one in their rankings back in late 2017.
Following a number of rulings by the governing body over the next 18 months, the Brit finally became mandatory by beating Oscar Rivas last July.
The decision which saw him replaced by Fury during his UKAD situation was highly questioned, but the end result is that Whyte is now due for his title fight in February 2021.
However, Fury is correct in saying that a unification fight can overrule a mandatory and this could see Whyte’s wait extended further.
WHAT THE WBC RULES SAY
Rule 3.8 Special Bout Sanction
Under special circumstances, including a bout involving an elite contender, a champion of another organisation, a match or tournament that the WBC determines in its sole discretion would be in the best interests of boxing, or any other applicable special circumstance, the WBC may order and/or sanction any such bout as either a voluntary or mandatory defence and may order that any such special bout take precedence over and occur prior to any previously designated mandatory defense.