JOHN FURY claims Dillian Whyte pulled out of his fight with Otto Wallin after hearing what he said about the Swede.
Whyte, 33, had been set to fight Otto Wallin at the end of last month in a fight which would have played a factor in who fought Fury next.
But the Brit reportedly suffered an injury during his training camp in Portugal.
And now the mandatory contender will get to skip past Wallin and fight Fury’s WBC heavyweight champion Tyson – which is set to be ordered next week.
Fury claims Whyte pulled out of the fight with Wallin after hearing him talk up how dangerous the 30-year-old is.
He exclusively told BT Sport: “Dillian Whyte has pulled out from Otto Wallin.
“You know why? He listened to what I said. He’s thought ‘hang on a minute. John knows his stuff, I’m not fighting Wallin. I’m going to get turned over probably, I won’t get my title shot then.’
“It takes them to listen to my videos, it’s all on, and then he hears me talking about Wallin – because Wallin is a danger to anybody.
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“You know, and he thought ‘I’m not having that smoke, I’ll wait, I’ll wait.’
“Lets just see what he’s waiting for.”
Fury also played down Whyte’s chances of beating his son and becoming world champion.
He continued: “Well, I don’t see what he’s going to do with Tyson.
“If [Alexander] Povetkin chinned him, you know, and on the second time when he fought Dillian Whyte again he just rolled up for the money, Povetkin.
“He didn’t look like he was a threat to anybody did he? He looked an old man overnight, Povetkin.
“Tyson is in a different league to these heavyweights. Different. But if you want to get a payday, be nice to him. Say nice things about him and he might just give you a payday.
“But if you keen being horrible to him, and tryna big yourself up to be this that and the other to make a fight, Tyson will go the other way and give someone else the opportunity.
“Dillian Whyte, be nice to Tyson, start blowing smoke up his you know what and you might get a shot, kid.”