Dillian Whyte has ‘lost his chance’ to face Tyson Fury for heavyweight title, says promoter Frank Warren

Whyte’s December rematch with Alexander Povektin was cancelled after the Russian tested positive for coronavirus

Sports Staff
Wednesday 04 November 2020 15:12
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WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury
WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren has ruled out the possibility of giving Dillian Whyte a crack at the ‘Gypsy King’s world heavyweight title in December.

Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn raised the prospect after Whyte’s scheduled rematch against Alexander Povetkin fell through when the Russian tested positive for coronavirus.

WBC champion Fury’s opponent for a projected early December homecoming is yet to be officially confirmed, but Warren is adamant it will not be Whyte, who was knocked out by Povetkin in August.

Warren told talkSPORT: “We’re not in the business of bailing out Dillian Whyte.

“Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Dillian Whyte get absolutely pole-axed in his last fight?

“At the time he was mandatory challenger to Tyson and they kept banging on about it... but they stupidly put him in with Povetkin and that’s it, he’s lost his chance."

Germany’s Agit Kabayel, who scored a majority decision win over Derek Chisora in 2017, is in pole position to land the December fight with Fury.

“That's what we want for Tyson, that’s the preferred opponent,” said Warren.

“Hopefully we’ll get it over the line. If not, we’ll look at someone else, but it certainly won’t be against Dillian Whyte."

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