Top Rank President Todd DuBoef, who co-promotes WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, explains that his unbeaten fighter has thrown down marching orders to stage his next fight by March.
The WBC named Whyte as the mandatory challenger to the heavyweight championship that Fury holds, and ordered them to begin negotiations for a title fight.
Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk are, as a result, expected to progress with their rematch for the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.
“It makes a lot of sense,” DuBoef told Sky Sports. “We are working hand-in-hand with Tyson for his homecoming. “Tyson said to us, ‘I want to fight by March’. He really doesn’t care who he fights. We are targeting keeping him in the ring.
“We could do a fight in the UK in the first quarter of next year, and Whyte is a terrific fight. We want to get the date done, and get him in the ring, as quickly as possible.”
Fury ended his epic trilogy with Deontay Wilder with a second consecutive stoppage win in October and his main desire is for a quick comeback, above any specific opponent.
“Tyson said to us: ‘I want to fight by March’,” said DuBoef.
“The basic platform is the rematch [with Joshua],” Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk previously said.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum previously said: “Why wouldn’t Fury respect Whyte?
“Heavyweights throw bombs. If he doesn’t respect him, he’ll be in a lot of trouble.
“Fury is enough of a professional, and a great fighter, and he knows that you don’t take a guy like Whyte lightly. We are talking to Whyte now to come to an arrangement to put the fight on in the UK. It will be a splendid fight and we are working hard to put it together.”