WBC reaffirm Fury vs Wilder 3 winner ‘must’ face Whyte, exception possible for AJ?

The WBC have stated once again that the winner of Tyson’s Fury’s trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder later this year must face Dillian Whyte next.

Fury claimed the WBC heavyweight world title from Wilder back in February, but the American has activated his rematch clause.

Whyte became mandatory after defeating Oscar Rivas last year and also holds the ‘interim’ belt.

WBC reaffirm Fury vs Wilder 3 winner 'must' face Whyte, exception possible for AJ?

Fury is the WBC world champion

Their statement read: “The highly anticipated match between WBC ‘interim’ heavyweight champion, Dillian Whyte from the UK against Alexander Povetkin from Russia has been confirmed for August 22.

“The bout will take place at the headquarters of Matchroom Boxing in Brentwood, England, will be televised live on Sky Sports Box Office and is a major component of the resumption of boxing activity globally.

“The WBC has confirmed that if WBC ‘interim’ champion Whyte is triumphant against Povetkin, the winner of the upcoming Fury vs Wilder III bout, which is scheduled for December 19, must face ‘interim’ champion Whyte in the mandatory defense of the WBC heavyweight world title early next year.

“The WBC is very much looking forward to this tremendous activity in the heavyweight division.”

WBC reaffirm Fury vs Wilder 3 winner 'must' face Whyte, exception possible for AJ?

Whye is WBC ‘interim’ champion and mandatory challenger for Tyson Fury

However, Fury has agreed terms for two fights with Anthony Joshua next year.

While many are taking the WBC’s latest statement to mean the ‘Gypsy King’ will definitely have to face Whyte next, one of their rules allows for some wiggle room.

This regulation is listed as, ‘Rule 3.8 Special Bout Sanction‘.

It is currently unclear if the WBC would accept a special bout request from Fury for the AJ clash.

WBC reaffirm Fury vs Wilder 3 winner 'must' face Whyte, exception possible for AJ?

Joshua is the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion

It reads as follows “Rule 3.8 Special Bout Sanction: Under special circumstances, including a bout involving an elite contender, a champion of another organisation, a match or tournament that the WBC determines in its sole discretion would be in the best interests of boxing, or any other applicable special circumstance, the WBC may order and/or sanction any such bout as either a voluntary or mandatory defence and may order that any such special bout take precedence over and occur prior to any previously designated mandatory defence.

“Under the circumstances set forth in the preceding paragraph, any previously-designated mandatory challenge may be ordered by the WBC: (i) to occur immediately after the special bout or tournament with no intervening bout, (ii) to be rescheduled to occur after one or more voluntary bouts, or (iii) postponed by the WBC until such time as the champion is required to defend against his next mandatory challenger.”

WBC reaffirm Fury vs Wilder 3 winner 'must' face Whyte, exception possible for AJ?

Wilder will face Fury one more time

Fury previously told Whyte: “Funny how everyone wants to fight during COVID-19 when there’s no sports events happening.

“Also, I have a contracted fight with Deontay Wilder first, then when I win that I’ll have the fight with Joshua.

“Undisputed comes before mandatory, happy hunting.”

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