Undefeated heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte (14-0) will get a shot at the British heavyweight title.
On Saturday, May 16, the British Boxing Board of Control called on the promotional teams of Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte to present purse bids for a fight in the summer.
Fury earned the vacant BBBofC British heavyweight title and the WBO International heavyweight title after stopping Dereck Chisora in the 10th round in November 2014. In February of this year, Fury defended just the WBO belt, as he stopped Christian Hammer inside the 10th round.
This fight is likely not to happen anyway, as Wladmir Klitschko, WBA Super World, WBO World, and IBF world heavyweight champion, is pursuing a fight against Fury. In an interview with Daily Mail in April, Klitschko confirmed Fury would be his next opponent and he would be willing to travel to England to fight him.
“I look forward to this fight. I think it will be challenging and exciting because I like to fight big men. It is much easier to fight bigger men than smaller.”
The only time Klitschko has fought a man taller than him was Mariusz Wach (6’7 ½) in November 2012. Wach, who tested positive for steroids after the fight, lost every round, although he managed to surprise Klitschko with a big right hand in the fifth round of the bout.
Tyson Fury is in a tough spot. In my perspective, it would actually be smart to take the Klitschko fight. Some might criticize me and say it would be smart to fight an unknown prospect, but Dillian Whyte isn’t an unknown prospect – he is a legitimate prospect who has 11 knockouts in 14 victories – and has the skills and talent to become a worldwide PPV attraction in the future. Anthony Joshua, who has knocked out or stopped all of his opponents in 12 professional fights, took a loss against Whyte in the amateurs. This kid is the real deal and if Fury is smart, he will take the big money fight now rather than risk losing to Whyte, who has knocked out or stopped his last 10 opponents.
Whyte made his return to the sport last November after serving a two-year ban for testing positive for methylhexaneamine (MHA) in a post-fight drug examination after his victory over Sandor Balogh in October 2012.
The stimulant was contained in a nutritional supplement called Jack3D. Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios also ran into trouble with Jack3D. Rios tested positive for Dimenthylamylamine, commonly known as DMAA, a stimulant banned by both VADA and the World Anti-Doping Agency, after his unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao in November 2013.