Tyson Fury has vowed to ‘annihilate’ Dillian Whyte after confirming that he will face his British challenger next, having blasted heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua for blowing a £67million super-fight. Fury has been in talks to defend his WBC heavyweight championship against mandatory challenger Whyte.
Fury said on Thursday: “I can’t wait to punch Whyte’s face in!
The heavyweight landscape has been engulfed by uncertainty in recent weeks, with the WBC on Wednesday delaying purse bids for Fury’s mandatory defence against Dillian Whyte for a fourth time.
Meanwhile, Joshua was reportedly offered a step-aside deal to cancel his rematch with WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO king Oleksandr Usyk, allowing Fury to fight the Ukrainian in an undisputed clash, while AJ would get the first crack at the winner.
“I’ll give him the best hiding he’s ever had.
“Whyte, train hard! Because you are getting annihilated.”
Fury’s UK-based promoter Frank Warren said: “The heavyweight king has spoken.”
Fury had previously hinted that Joshua had chosen to go ahead with a second fight against IBF, WBA and WBO champion Usyk, instead of opting to step aside and fight the winner of Fury vs Usyk.
“Joshua and [his promoter] Eddie Hearn are the worst businessmen in history – today they lost $90m,” Fury claimed
The subject of Joshua’s step-aside offer has stirred debate among fans and pundits, with many believing that the deal is a no-brainer for the Watford man, who is reeling from a one-sided defeat by Usyk last September.
AJ is on the hunt for a new trainer, and with the rematch believed to take place in the next few months, a step aside deal would allow the Olympic champion more time to prepare for either Fury or Usyk with his team settled.
However, such a strategic ploy may affect his reputation, with Joshua insisting that he is a throwback fighter – game to take on any opponent.
Eddie Hearn said: ‘There has been an offer, there’s been several discussions with myself. I can’t rule it out, it’s not my job. AJ’s the boss – he will rule it out or not rule it out.
‘He’s very smart about the plan. He won’t want to do it. Sometimes you have to think with your head. There is a smart play here somewhere but Anthony is not about the money.
‘All he’s thinking about at the moment is beating Oleksandr Usyk.’