Dillian Whyte takes legal action against WBC over mandatory Tyson Fury date

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Dillian Whyte has launched a legal procedure against the WBC regarding the date of his mandatory heavyweight title fight, the organisation have confirmed.

Whyte, who beat Mariusz Wach in his last fight in December, is the mandatory challenger for the belt after overcoming Oscar Rivas last July, and his next opponent is currently scheduled to be Tyson Fury.

Whyte’s bout with the Gypsy King is due to take place by February 2021, but Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said last week that his client and Fury have agreed a much-anticipated two-fight deal, which is rumoured to scheduled for early 2021.

That would cast Whyte’s fight against Fury in doubt, and the 32-year-old has responded by formally pursuing action against the WBC.

Speaking on Sky Sports, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said: “There is a procedure with regards to the date of the mandatory in the heavyweight division.

“Upon direct advice of WBC legal counsel I am not in position to discuss any further.”

Fury himself recently suggested he could skip the fight with Whyte in order to prioritise big fights over belts.

He said: “I’m about fighting the biggest fights out there and Wilder-Joshua-Joshua are the biggest fights out there.

“I’m a proud WBC champion but at the end of the day I’m the lineal heavyweight champion of the world which trumps everything.

“These low profile fighters don’t mean anything to me, I’m after the biggest fights available.

“Dillian Whyte is a one-hit wonder and he’s been knocked out by AJ already.

“The answer to Dillian Whyte is, wait in the queue and your time will come when it comes; I’m not really interested in you.

“If he thinks he’s going to call me a few names on social media and I’m going to turn down a £100million pay day then he’s got a long wait.”

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