TYSON FURY has been given the green light for ‘big fight’ in the UK against Dillian Whyte – so long as he first beats Deontay Wilder.
Fury faces Wilder in a trilogy bout next, and WBC mandatory Whyte is expected to be called to face the winner.
All hopes of an undisputed title decider with Anthony Joshua were dashed after the British superstar was beaten by Oleksandr Usyk.
The WBC are now likely to take the opportunity to mandate Whyte, who fights Otto Wallin on October 30, to contend for the belt.
And Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum likes the sound of that and has even teased fans with a massive night on these shores.
Arum told iFL TV: “Dillian Whyte is the number one contender, and that could be a big, big fight for Tyson.
“Particularly if we held it in the UK, so that’s not out of the question. Dillian Whyte is a capable heavyweight.
“A fight against Tyson Fury or Wilder, whoever wins on October 9th, would be a very interesting fight.
“I think Tyson Fury is the much better heavyweight than Anthony Joshua, but it’s heavyweight and in the heavyweight division everything is possible.”
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Joshua, 31, blew his chance to unify the division with Fury, 33, after losing his WBA, IBF and WBO belts to Usyk, 34, at Tottenham’s stadium.
With a rematch set to follow, it could be some time before either AJ or Usyk could then put the titles up for an undisputed decider.
Whyte spent over 1,000 days as the WBC’s No1 ranked contender until he was finally called as mandatory challenger.
But in August 2020, after a shock knockout loss to Alexander Povetkin, his title shot was blown up in smoke.
Whyte, 33, later returned the favour in four rounds against Povetkin, 41, to regain his position as next in line for the WBC title.
But with Joshua previously in talks for a unification with Fury the WBC had not officially called their mandatory.
Fury was later ordered into his contracted trilogy bout with Wilder after a drawn out arbitration case.
Dillian Whyte is the number one contender, and that could be a big, big fight for Tyson. Particularly if we held it in the UK.
Tyson Fury’s promoter Bob Arum
It left Joshua mandated to defend his belts against Usyk which ended in disastrous defeat.
He is now set to exercise his right to an immediate rematch, leaving any unifications hopes shelved.
So as long as Whyte beats Otto Wallin, 30, on October 30, he will find himself in line to challenge either Fury or Wilder.
His promoter Eddie Hearn said: “It’s a really interesting situation. Anything can happen.
“In an ideal world, Tyson Fury beats Deontay Wilder, the mandatory is called for Dillian Whyte.
“Dillian Whyte beats Tyson Fury, AJ beats Usyk, and then we got Whyte against AJ for the undisputed next summer.”