British heavyweight Dillian Whyte should blame Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom for being denied a world title fight all these years, according to rival promoter Frank Warren.
Whyte has taken legal action against the WBC as his mandatory shot at their belt looks set to be pushed back – and not for the first time.
Dillian Whyte is promoted by Eddie Hearn
Brixton’s ‘Body Snatcher’ stands as the WBC ‘interim’ champion and mandatory challenger with his fight for the title currently due to be called in February 2021.
However, with WBC champion Tyson Fury announcing a two-fight deal to face Anthony Joshua next year, it looks likely that Whyte’s long wait could extend well beyond that date.
Whyte first became the WBC’s number one ranked contender in late 2017 – and Warren argues that Matchroom should’ve set up a world title fight by now.
Warren – who promotes Fury – told talkSPORT: “According to his promoters, who say they are the best promoters in the world, they’ve had him in that position for the last two years.
Dillian Whyte has been in line for a WBC title shot for years
“He was number one in the WBO, they didn’t force the issue there and Oleksandr Usyk, another one of their fighters, took his position.
“Also, they’ve got Anthony Joshua, so why don’t they make that fight? You’ve got to look at Matchroom.”
What’s more, the Top Rank chief suggests that if Whyte chose his organisation over Matchroom, things might well be different.
Warren added: “Tyson Fury came to us and within six months he was fighting for the world title.
“Dillian made his choices. But the answer to why he hasn’t had a world title fight is really simple.
“He should look in the mirror and that will tell him why.”
Whyte holds the WBC ‘interim’ belt and is mandatory for Fury
Dillian Whyte talks about his mum who is an NHS nurse
When asked about the situation, Fury told Behind The Gloves: “He won’t get very far with suing because everything’s been put on hold, hasn’t it?
“It’s like the world has been put on hold, so everything has to move along with the holdback.
“I was supposed to fight in July, but that’s not happening now.
“I’m not going to sue from it because it’s the pandemic, and obviously I’ll get nowhere.
“But I’m sure his lawyers know what they’re doing with it all.”
Warren spoke of his success with Fury compared to Matchroom and Whyte