Dillian Whyte claims Tyson Fury is avoiding fight as he makes KO prediction

Dillian Whyte is continuing to push for a fight with Tyson Fury despite the WBC delaying their decision to order the title fight.

Whyte was expected to be called as Fury's mandatory challenger during a meeting at the WBC's convention in Mexico last week.

But the WBC delayed their decision to rule Whyte as the mandatory challenger because of an ongoing legal issue between the organisation and the Brit.

And Whyte has since pointed out a news article released by the WBC that reaffirms his mandatory status despite his matter in the Court of Arbitration.

"It's already been confirmed that Tyson Fury has to fight me next," Whyte told Sky Sports.

"They announced it on their website that I'm the mandatory challenger and I'm Tyson Fury's next fight.

"I don't know where this confusion has come from. He [Fury] will try to fight [Oleksandr] Usyk, because Usyk is a much easier fight for him.

"Fury has been mandated to fight me twice. He asked for the WBC 'Diamond' belt to fight me, but ran away when they agreed. He just keeps making excuses.

"Hopefully now he's got no choice. What's he going to do? Throw the belt in the bin and run away from more money than he got to fight [Deontay] Wilder?"

Fury's promoters – Frank Warren and Bob Arum – have urged Anthony Joshua to step aside from his rematch with Usyk to set up a unification fight between Fury and the Ukrainian.

Arum has come under fire from Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn for requesting a 80/20 split in favour of Fury for a fight with Whyte.

Whyte has been waiting for a shot at the undisputed WBC title since outpointing Robert Helenius in 2017 to win the silver belt.

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He won back his interim title against Alexander Povetkin in March after losing the belt to the Russian last August.

Whyte – who has claimed to have knocked Fury down in sparring before – predicted he will knockout the undefeated 'Gypsy King' if they meet in the ring.

"Obviously he says he's a fighting man and a man of his word, but we all know he talks a lot of s***, so let's see," he continued.

"He said he was going to fight me after he beat Wilder, then he ran away. Let's see what he does

"Of course I'll finish him. Wilder is overrated. He can punch, but he can't fight. He's very athletic and rangy, and he's got good speed, so when he closes the distance quick and he lands a punch, he's heavy-handed.

"If I put Fury down, I'll be attacking him, head and body, head and body."

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