BIZARRE: Bob Arum Sidelines Dillian Whyte to Potentially Align Tyson Fury With Two Different Names

Published 12/29/2021, 6:30 AM EST


2021 is almost over and boxing fans are looking forward to an even bigger year in 2022. Bigwigs like Canelo Alvarez, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, and Oleksandr Usyk will take to the squared circle.

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Until now, ‘The Gypsy King’ was set to fight Dillian Whyte. Unfortunately, as the negotiations between Fury and Whyte’s team haven’t gone the way they were supposed to, Bob Arum recently came up with a couple of potential opponents for the WBC champ.

Speaking to iFL TV, he said, “So we’re looking at Andy Ruiz as a possibility. He’s available, this big Finnish kid who looked very good in the semi-wind-up on the fight, on the Fury-Wilder card, (Robert) Helenius, big, big Finnish kid who can really fight. Those are the two principal guys.” 

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Whyte, the WBC interim heavyweight titleholder, has been the longtime mandatory challenger right from the days Deontay Wilder held the belt. The interim strap has only solidified his claim, but he had to take a backseat as Fury was first supposed to face Anthony Joshua and then had to move on to Wilder as ‘The Bronze Bomber’ won an arbitration to secure his trilogy bout.

Fury wants to set himself up for the best of fights before he signs off from the sport. Unfortunately, as Dillian Whyte seems out of the picture for him, the WBC champion might have to face different opponents.

Bob Arum also has a few locations for the next fight of Tyson Fury

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In the above interview, the Top Rank boss asserted about Ruiz Jr. and Helenius being in contention to face Fury next. Furthermore, he also shed some light on the prospective locations for Fury’s next outing. It is noticeable that the location will depend on the opponent.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 11: Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum (L) greets boxer Tyson Fury after Fury’s workout at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on June 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury will face Tom Schwarz in a heavyweight bout on June 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

He said, “I guess if it’s Helenius, we do it in the UK. And if it was Ruiz, we do the fight in Las Vegas.” 

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What do you draw off Bob Arum’s above comments? Who will be Fury’s next opponent in 2022?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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