“Heavy Bag on Legs”: Tyson Fury Says Dillian Whyte Would’ve Been Ideal Opponent  

Published 11/21/2021, 2:23 PM EST


Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder went to war last month. To say the least, both fighters delivered.

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This trilogy and both fighters will indubitably go down as one of the greatest. Wilder and Fury showed greatness on October 9 by fighting with their hearts and not just their heads.

With a second win over Deontay Wilder, the boxing community has labeled Tyson Fury as the greatest heavyweight of this generation. But is he really?

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It is important to note that he has secured back-to-back wins, including the recent title defense against a single fighter. However, there are new fishes in the heavyweight ocean and Tyson Fury still has a few hurdles to cross to secure the GOAT status.

For now, it seems like Dillian Whyte is next in line to fight Fury for the WBC heavyweight world title. However, there have been quite a few ups and downs in the negotiations and WBC rulings.

In a recent interview, Fury said that Whyte will be no more than a mere “workout” and thinks he could be the ideal opponent for him at this point in time.

Oct 9, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Deontay Wilder (red/black trunks) is knocked out by Tyson Fury (black/gold trunks) during their WBC/Lineal heavyweight championship boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

“Whatever’s going to happen will happen and I don’t care because they’re all only workouts to me, I’ll destroy every man that comes in front of me. I’m due an easy fight anyway, he [Dillian Whyte] would have been ideal really.

“Heavy bag on legs is what I’m after, to be honest. He’d have been the ideal candidate,” said Tyson Fury.

Dillian Whyte feels Tyson Fury has no choice but to fight him

While Tyson Fury is making it seem like he is willing to prioritize a fight with Whyte over any other, that might not be the true picture. In a recent interview, he also said that he would be down to shoot for heavyweight unification against the current unified champion, Oleksandr Usyk.

Dillian Whyte believes Fury will now try to go after Usyk and suggested that he is a much tougher opponent than the current king of the division. Whyte even claimed that he has already been slated as Fury’s next opponent and believes he might be forced to finally face him now.

It’s already been confirmed that Tyson Fury has to fight me next. They announced it on their website that I’m the mandatory challenger and I’m Tyson Fury’s next fight. I don’t know where this confusion has come from. He [Fury] will try to fight Usyk because Usyk is a much easier fight for him.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Dillian Whyte celerbates knocking out Dereck Chisora as the referee stops the fight after the Heavyweight fight between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora at The O2 Arena on December 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

“Fury has been mandated to fight me twice. He asked for the WBC ‘Diamond’ belt to fight me but ran away when they agreed. He just keeps making excuses. Hopefully, now he’s got no choice. What’s he going to do? Throw the belt in the bin and run away from more money than he got to fight [Deontay] Wilder?

Obviously he says he’s a fighting man and a man of his word, but we all know he talks a lot of s***, so let’s see. He said he was going to fight me after he beat Wilder, then he ran away. Let’s see what he does,said Dillian Whyte.

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused his passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the sweet science, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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