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WBC names Tyson Fury mandatory challenger, punts Dillian Whyte to Feb. 2021

Whyte won’t be getting the fight he’s long wanted anytime soon.

Dillian Whyte v Oscar Rivas - Heavyweight Boxing Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Dillian Whyte probably isn’t a happy camper as of late. During the WBC’s annual convention, the sanctioning body has updated it’s plans for its heavyweight title currently held by Deontay Wilder. Whyte has long been angling for a mandatory title shot, but most recently ran into a problem by reportedly testing positive for a banned substance leading into this last fight with Oscar Rivas.

The adjudication process for Whyte has been curiously slow and quiet, but until that all gets sorted out the WBC has officially named Tyson Fury as Wilder’s mandatory challenger, despite being rated behind Whyte. Wilder and Fury are expected to rematch this upcoming February, and the WBC says Whyte will get his shot one year later — if he’s cleared in this doping situation.

“The WBC has also approved the rematch against No. 2 ranked Tyson Fury of Great Britain to be held in 2020.

“No. 1 ranked Dillian Whyte’s situation is in process with UKAD and Whyte’s representatives, and with the WBC.

“If his situation is resolved, he will become the mandatory challenger for February 2021,” they declared.

Obviously a lot can change between now and February 2021, but we’ll keep you posted on how this all works itself out.

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