TYSON FURY should fight Dillian Whyte next.
That is the view of Anthony Joshua’s Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn.
Fury successfully defended his WBC heavyweight champ belt in Las Vegas at the weekend – with Whyte now mandatory challenger.
There have been calls for the Gypsy King to face Joshua or his recent assailant Oleksandr Usyk but Hearn is having none of it.
He told IFL TV: “Dillian Whyte is the mandatory for Tyson Fury, and that’ll be called in 30 days time.
“Obviously, Dillian has a massive fight at the O2 with Otto Wallin, but he’s the mandatory challenger for Tyson Fury.
“It’s a brilliant fight. I’d like to see Tyson back in the UK. He hasn’t boxed in the UK in three years or four years. It’s a massive fight for the division.
“You’ve got to give Dillian credit for going in there. He fought [Alexander] Povetkin before, and he had to come back and win that rematch.
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“Now he goes in for another tough fight against Otto Wallin, and he’s ready to make a statement on October 30 and then move forward and fight Tyson Fury.
“He’s mandatory now.”
Despite Hearn’s call for Fury to face his man, the Gypsy King’s dad John completely disagrees.
He told talkSPORT: “He’s got to go for Usyk or nothing in my idea. It’s Usyk next or nothing.
“I wouldn’t bother with the rest of them, they’re not in Tyson’s class.
“Would Dillian Whyte deal with Deontay Wilder? No. So why would you want to put him in with my son and get him knocked out?
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“At the end of the day, he just got knocked out by a 42-year-old man (Alexander Povetkin) via a slap by the back of his hand.”
But Hearn can’t see any reason why Fury would duck the Whyte fight and said it’s what the fans want.
He added: “I don’t see why Tyson wouldn’t want to fight Dillian Whyte.
“It’s a huge payday and a massive event, and then the winner of that fight can go and fight the winner of AJ against Usyk.
“The WBC statement was quite clear. The winner of Fury against Wilder has to fight the interim world champion [Whyte].
“If Fury becomes franchise champion, we can’t do the undisputed fight.
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“As fans, we should be calling for Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte. Imagine the build-up, imagine the fight.
“It does well over a million pay-per-view buys, sells out a stadium. That is the fight.
“The winner fights the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua II.”
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