Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed he and Dillian Whyte have accepted the proposed fight with Tyson Fury by the World Boxing Council providing the Diamond title is on the line.
That statement was followed by one of skepticism that suggested Fury may not accept the invitation to fight despite previously claiming to just one week ago.
While the resolution and details of the fight continue to iron out, Whyte will face off against undefeated Columbian heavyweight Oscar Rivas on July 20th.
The intention is then for Whyte to face off with Fury for the Diamond title, which will then decide who will come up against the WBC champion, Deontay Wilder.
“Tyson Fury said he will fight Dillian Whyte for the WBC Diamond championship,” Hearn told IFL TV. “So we’ve told the WBC we accept that, no problem. So we’re [Whyte] fighting Oscar Rivas, and the WBC will order Tyson Fury against Dillian Whyte.
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"Tyson Fury will have to confirm after he fights on June 15th, whether he’ll keep his word and accept that fight, so we will see. We’ve said to the WBC, ‘Please order that fight,’ which they’ve confirmed they will do. We’re getting the final resolution down, and we will see if Tyson Fury will fight Dillian Whyte after June 15th."
Despite these latest developments, it seems unlikely Whyte vs Fury will ever actually materialise.
Of course, Fury will be in action soon when he takes on Tom Schwarz on June 15th in the United States.
The Diamond title may not be the priority for Whyte or Fury; however, it could be the stepping stone for Whyte to achieve his real goal: to face off against Wilder.
Likewise, Hearn isn't too fussed by the Diamond belt but sees the allure of such a big heavyweight fight.
“I’m not interested in the Diamond belt. I’m interested in Dillian Whyte vs. Tyson Fury,” Hearn added.
“It’s a great fight. But Dillian Whyte wants to fight Deontay Wilder. If the WBC is saying he has to fight Oscar Rivas and Tyson Fury to get to Wilder, so be it. Right now, he has to beat Oscar Rivas on July 20th, which is a great fight."