Eddie Hearn Says Tyson Fury Is “Probably” Relieved After Dillian Whyte’s Loss

Published 09/18/2020, 8:42 AM EDT


Eddie Hearn discussed Tyson Fury and the mandatory challenger to his WBC world heavyweight title.

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Dillian Whyte stood firm in the mandatory challenger’s position for over a thousand days. He was inches away from his long-desired title shot, and only one thing stood in his way. He was supposed to take on and beat Alexander Povetkin at their fight on August 22.

Povetkin was the underdog in the fight and didn’t stand a great chance against Dillian Whyte and his power-packed punches. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out as such. Povetkin knocked Whyte’s lights out in the fifth round of their clash, and he now stands in Whyte’s mandatory position.

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Eddie Hearn lays it all down

With Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua looking for a unification bout in 2021, Whyte winning the fight would have lead to the unification bout being delayed. Whyte would have claimed his mandatory position, pushing or even putting the Fury vs Joshua fight under major jeopardy.

Speaking with Sky Sports, Eddie Hearn addressed the state of the mandatory position. When asked to weigh in on Fury’s mental state after Whyte’s loss, Hearn believes that Fury was probably relieved.

Probably. because you know this certainly allows that Joshua fight to happen sooner with fewer obstacles. But don’t forget that the winner of this fight. Alexander Povetkin now is mandatory.

“It just when that mandatory is called. And the winner of November 21st will be WBC mandatory. It’s just when that is called.”

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Hearn also went on to say, “I know that Dillian Whyte will be pushing that as hard as he can. But it is just about getting that victory. He gets that victory and his world title shot will come. And really that is all that matters.”

Dillian Whyte will once again step into the rig opposite Alexander Povetkin on November 21. It’s a rematch where Whyte will try to avenge his loss. He will walk in the ring and try to regain his mandatory challenger’s position.

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A victory will leave him looking at a WBC title shot. And like Eddie Hearn said, it is just a matter of time till that’s triggered. What do you think? Will Dillian Whyte regain his position?

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