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Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte squabble on social media

The two could meet early next year, in theory.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

WBC and LINEAL!!!! heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has a lot on his plate at this moment, with a third fight against Deontay Wilder up next for him at some point, and then a potential undisputed title fight with Anthony Joshua agreed to, if not guaranteed, for 2021.

But Dillian Whyte potentially sits in the middle of that. The WBC has kinda-sorta promised he’ll get his shot at their belt — which Whyte believes to be long overdue — in early 2021. That may or may not happen, but the chance it does is pretty decent.

Whyte (27-1, 18 KO) is currently set to face Alexander Povetkin on Aug. 22 in the finale of “Matchroom Fight Camp,” a series of bouts being held in Eddie Hearn’s garden (we call them “backyards” in the States). Povetkin (35-2-1, 24 KO) may be 40, but he’s far from a pushover, and could easily ruin Whyte’s plans and goals for next year. If Povetkin beats Whyte, that argument for a WBC title shot disappears.

But Dillian is never one to sit around not talking. He recently told Bob Arum, Fury’s co-promoter, to shut up, basically, and he took out some frustrations toward Fury on Twitter:

Fury responded, of course, as Tyson is also not one to keep quiet:

Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO) has insisted he’s not looking past Wilder — in fact, he has said he believes Wilder would knock out Joshua, Whyte, or anyone else in the division besides himself — but all things considered, this sort of thing isn’t all bad, as it gives a potential Fury-Whyte fight a bit more juice if indeed it does get forced by the WBC, should both men not lose before it can come up next year.

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