DILLIAN WHYTE may finally be set for his first ever world heavyweight title shot after the trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
Whyte, 33, is taking on Sweden's Otto Wallin on October 30 as he looks for a 13th win from his last 14 fights.
The Body Snatcher's only loss since being beaten by Anthony Joshua six years ago came at the hands of Alexander Povetkin in 2020, a defeat he avenged with a fourth round stoppage in May.
But despite putting a superb run of wins together – against the likes of Robert Helenius, Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker, Oscar Rivas, Povetkin and Derek Chisora twice – the WBC title he has been chasing has been tied up for a long time due to the ongoing rivalry between Fury and Wilder.
When Wilder was champion he fought Fury in December 2018, controversially drawing a contest many felt he lost.
The American then took on Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz before rematching Fury in February 2020 where he was stopped in the seventh round.
An arbitrator then ruled earlier this year that Wilder was entitled to a third fight with Fury, a decision which looked set to delay Whyte's title shot further as it pushed an undisputed clash between Fury and Anthony Joshua down the road.
But now a Fury-Joshua fight is dead in the water following AJ's defeat to Oleksandr Usyk last month, a result which could leave the door open for Whyte to get his opportunity to fight for the WBC belt.
Speaking to iFL TV, Fury's promoter Bob Arum said: "I haven't spoken to [WBC President] Mauricio [Sulaiman] yet, we will have to see [what they rule on Fury's mandatory].
"I assume you are talking about Dillian Whyte, who is the No 1 contender.
"And that could be a big, big fight for Tyson, particularly if we held it in the UK.
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"That is not out of the question, Dillian Whyte is a capable heavyweight and a fight against Tyson Fury or Wilder [or] whoever wins would be a very interesting fight."
Fury and Wilder collide this weekend and will meet in the ring around 5am on Sunday morning UK time.
If Fury and Whyte both win their respective fights, the British pair could meet in a huge domestic dust-up in 2022.
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