Tyson Fury was ordered to defend his heavyweight world title against Dillian Whyte

Tyson Fury has been officially ordered to defend his heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte.

The World Boxing Council (WBC) has named Whyte as the mandatory challenger to its version of the heavyweight belt, which Fury has held since stopping Deontay Wilder in February 2020.

Fury knocked out the American again this October to retain the title, a month after Oleksandr Usyk outpointed Joshua to claim the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight straps.

Whyte pulled out of an October bout with Otto Wallin but a potential clash with Fury has been simmering for several months.

A war of words between the former sparring partners has been growing since Fury’s knock-out defence of his title against Deontay Wilder. The 33-year-old champ stopped his American rival in the 11th round of their Las Vegas trilogy fight. Fury then had a window of 30 days to set up a blockbuster undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk.

The Ukrainian snatched Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight titles back in September and is set to face a rematch with the Brit early next year. There had been talk of AJ stepping aside to allow the two champions to meet in the ring.

However, with Joshua having triggered a rematch clause to fight the undefeated Ukrainian again – likely next spring – Fury, 33, is freed up to face Whyte, also 33.

Fury is unbeaten at 31-0-1 (22 knockouts), while Whyte’s professional record is 28-2 (19 KOs).

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