Tyson Fury ordered to defend WBC heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte

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Tyson Fury ordered to defend WBC heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte
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  • Dillian Whyte
    British boxer
  • Anthony Joshua
    Anthony Joshua
    English boxer
  • Tyson Fury
    Tyson Fury
    British boxer
  • Oleksandr Usyk
    Ukrainian boxer
  • Deontay Wilder
    Deontay Wilder
    American boxer

Tyson Fury has been ordered to defend his WBC heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte.

Finally confirmed as the mandatory challenger after the notion first emerged last month, the WBC have now set the wheels in motion for Whyte’s first world title shot.

A war of words between the former sparring partners has been growing since Fury’s knock-out defence of his title against Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight in Las Vegas on October 9.

Fury then had a window of 30 days to set up a blockbuster undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk, who took the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles from Anthony Joshua in September.

There had been talk of Joshua stepping aside to allow the two champions to meet in the ring, but Joshua triggered his contractual clause to force a rematch with the Ukrainian.

In the meantime, Whyte pulled out of an October bout with Otto Wallin. When Fury’s 30-day deadline passed without an agreement to fight Usyk, the WBC did not immediately order the Whyte fight due to the challenger’s ongoing arbitration dispute against them.

However, they have now done so and a mouthwatering all-British fight is likely to take place in February or March, with Cardiff and Manchester mooted as potential locations.

Additional reporting from PA

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