Eddie Hearn told Tyson Fury he can take on Dillian Whyte while waiting for the undisputed heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua.
Fury has laid out an ambitious two-year fight plan in preparation for his trilogy clash with Deontay Wilder next month – which you can hear live on talkSPORT.
In addition to a series of fights with Joshua, Fury has revealed that he wants to face Whyte in late 2021 before setting up the undisputed clash.
Of course, the best-worked-out plans in the heavyweight division have a horrible tendency to break down, with politics and punches often intertwining.
Fury and Joshua were supposed to fight on August 14 in Saudi Arabia for all belts, but Wilder and his legal team forced a third fight through a mediator.
Likewise, Whyte had been the WBC’s No.1 ranked fighter for over 1,000 days, only to be knocked out last August by Alexander Povetkin in a devastating fashion.
And with Joshua set to take on Oleksandr Usyk this Saturday night and the ‘Gypsy King’ set to defend his belts against Wilder in Las Vegas on October 9, few would be concerned if Fury decided to skip Whyte and wait.
However, Eddie Hearn believes the “Bodysnatcher” deserves his chance to win a world title and, provided he can overtake Otto Wallin next month, he would be happy to fight.
“I would never take Tyson Fury’s comments seriously,” he told talkSPORT. “Especially one about him fighting Dillian Whyte.
“He’s said it many times before and when this fight was ordered by the WBC, [he] quickly decided not to fight Dillian Whyte.
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“Dillian Whyte has a massive 02 fight against Otto Wallin, a guy who should have beaten Tyson Fury because that fight should have been stopped, and it’s a tough fight.
“Dillian will get his shot; if Tyson Fury wants to fight Dillian Whyte later this year and he can face Deontay Wilder, we’re all on that fight.
“AJ will probably fight early next year, hopefully it will be the undisputed fight, but if Fury wants to run out a bit in the meantime and Dillian can beat Otto Wallin, we’re open for business!”