By Tim Parsons-
Dillian Whyte has attacked Tyson Fury of messing up the entire heavyweight boxing scene’.His comments come after it emerged Fury had contracted coronavirus, meaning his July 24 fight against Deontay Wilder ended up getting postponed to October 9.
The heavyweight contender’s comments comes after the heavyweight title fight scheduled to take place next week Saturday was cancelled, after Tyson Fury and his team mates apparently contracted Covid-19. has not made a public comment on his illness, and photographs show him mixing with fans at several Las Vegas locations mere days after initial reports emerged of a coronavirus outbreak in his camp.
Whyte didn’t exactly accuse Fury of ducking Deontey Wilder, but hinted so when he took issue with the fact Tyson Fury had been seen mixing with people in Las Vegas.
It is the third time a rematch fight between Tyson Fury and Deontey Wilder that has been rescheduled. The latest arrangements were made after an arbitrator ruled that Fury’s team had breached the contract with Wilder in pursuit of a lucrative title fight with Anthony Joshua.
Tyson Speaking with SunSport, Whyte didn’t hold back with his opinions on Fury’s behaviour, declaring:
Tyson Fury is a w***er and a disgrace to British boxing if he has caught Covid-19 and gone around Las Vegas mixing with fans after cancelling the Deontay Wilder fight.
He talks s*** because when you have Covid-19 you are sick and you have to quarantine and instead he is walking around smiling, mixing and taking photos with people.
Either he has got it or he hasn’t – they said his mate and sparring partner Joseph Parker had it and the next minute he’s out at a UFC fight denying it.
There are videos and photos of him out and about, happy as Larry, just like he was when the Anthony Joshua fight got cancelled. The biggest fight in British boxing history was cancelled and he was laughing and joking about it.
It is exactly the same now the Wilder fight has been cancelled because of him apparently having covid.
Loads of boxers are using Covid as an excuse to pull-out of fights or as a back-up excuse if they lose.
These guys are irresponsible if they are using Covid when it is killing people and devastating families all over the world”.
Tyson Fury stopped Wilder in 7 rounds in February 2020, after a controversial draw a year earlier. Wilder has been determined to avenge the defeat, and has been training like a hungry lion. The cancellation of the July fight was very disappointed, and has left boxing fights feeling let down after the Joshua and Fury fight fell through due to the arbitration for Fury to meet Wilder again.
Whyte has offered to step in for Fury against Wilder, but the American is not a risk he is likely to take the risk, with the new October date to face Tyson Fury just a few months away. It would not only be risking losing to Whyte who has no title, and missing out on the opportunity to regain his title from Tyson Fury in October. If Wilder is very confident of beating Whyte, he could take the risk, and look awesome if he wins, sending an even stronger message to Tyson Fury. The risk of Wilder not recovering on time from any potential bruises in a tough none title fight is another reason Wilder’s team is unlikely to take the offer from Whyte.
A last minute deal between Dillian Whyte and Deontey Wilder would make it big fight. That won’t happen, and Whyte makes a point in highlighting Fury’s mess up this time, in the image his actions gives. Fury is normally a fearless boxer. He is huge, unbeaten, and tricky, and has no reason to fear Wilder or anyone. It’s is still not impossible for Fury to get cold feet at the last minute and pay himself out a fight with Wilder to buy more time.
We can ask why Fury didn’t self isolate for 10 days, and bring a smaller team of new people who didn’t test positive for Covid to be in his corner. His cousin, Hughie Fury would have accepted to support Fury in his corner. Fury has always presented himself as the boxer who doesn’t cancels fight, but maybe this time Covid-19 really got him and his team. If so, walking around and meeting people for photos is not a good look.