Bob Arum has told talkSPORT that Dillian Whyte should forget about a fight with his man Tyson Fury in 2021 and focus on Oleksandr Usyk instead.
The ‘Body Snatcher’ is mandatory challenger for the ‘Gypsy King’, but his title shot is under threat with Fury agreeing financial terms for two bouts against Anthony Joshua next year instead.
Whyte is the WBC ‘interim’ champion and mandatory challenger to Fury
Whyte has today taken legal action over the matter, however Arum suggested he should follow a different route.
When asked if the mandatories would obstruct Fury vs Joshua, Arum told talkSPORT Fight Night: “No. The mandatory situations are being worked out by all the organisations.
“It’s unfair to accelerate mandatories or keep them where they were because of the fact these fighters couldn’t fight for most of this year.
“Dillian Whyte can fight for an ‘interim’ title or whatever makes him happy, and after Joshua and Fury have their two fights–
Usyk is the former undisputed crusierweight champion, now WBO mandatory for Joshua
“It’s probably better if Dillian Whyte fights Usyk to get a real contender.
“I think boxing is gonna be totally different after this coronavirus is over.
“People are working together, people wanna make the best fights, they’re not gonna be tied down with mandatories.
“And I know if Dillian Whyte presses for a mandatory with Fury, I’m sure Mauricio [Sulaiman] would make Fury the ‘franchise’ champion, just the way he did with Lomachenko and Canelo.
Arum co-promotes Fury
“Then we don’t have to worry about nonsense mandatories.
“I’m not saying Dillian Whyte’s not a good fighter, he is a good fighter, but again, these are unique circumstances.”
In 2018, the WBC introduced their new rule, upgrading certain big-name world champions to become ‘franchise’ champions.
This designation allows the fighter to have various privileges, including a lack of mandatory challengers.
Fury and Joshua have agreed financial terms to fight twice in 2021
In the two instances of this happening so far, the existing mandatories have been upgraded to become the regular world champions.
Canelo Alvarez was made ‘franchise’ champion at middleweight and his mandatory Jermall Charlo became the regular champion.
Vasyl Lomachenko was made ‘franchise’ champion at lightweight and his mandatory Devin Haney became the regular champion.
Therefore, the WBC are able to charge sanctioning fees to two fighters in the same weight division, both fighters can claim to be world champions and the star fighter doesn’t have to face his mandatory.