Dillian Whyte’s position as Tyson Fury’s mandatory challenger to be reviewed

Dillian Whyte's position as Tyson Fury's mandatory challenger will be reviewed this week.

Whyte, who holds the WBC's interim heavyweight title, had been guaranteed a February shot at the winner of Fury's trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder.

But the coronavirus crisis has pushed back that rematch until late this year while talks have started over an undisputed fight between Fury and fellow world champion Anthony Joshua.

Indeed, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn, who also represents Whyte, hopes a two-fight deal can be struck for 2021.

And while the WBC insist Whyte's position has not changed, the sanctioning body has not ruled out prioritising the undisputed fight.

"We're going to address everything case-by-case; we will evaluate every single division, but what I can say is that Dillian Whyte is the interim champion and the mandatory challenger," president Mauricio Sulaiman told Mirror Fighting.

"The mandatory date as of now is February 2021 but Dillian was supposed to defend his interim title against Alexander Povetkin in July and that has been uncertain.

"[Joshua vs Fury] is a unification which has different characteristics but there are many different things to happen for that fight to take place.

"There are obligations for the champion of the WBC and of the other organisations, there are many fights the fans want to see but there are too many uncertainties for anything to be set in stone."

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Whyte's clash with Povetkin has been pencilled in for August 15 as the fourth and final headline act of Hearn's garden boxing extravaganza.

The promoter plans to hold four back-to-back shows starting on July 25 in a purpose-built venue in the grounds of his mansion.

Hearn hopes to pit son-of-a-legend Conor Benn against British welterweight champion Chris Jenkins on the opening night and later host Terry Harper's first world title defence against Natasha Jonas.

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