Tyson Fury is ‘adamant’ he will fight in February or March ‘whether it’s against Dillian Whyte or not’, claims friend and promoter Ben Shalom, with his fellow Brit attempting to force the Gypsy King into a title showdown
- Tyson Fury is on the lookout for his next opponent for the start of next year
- He doesn’t know who he will face but is keen to fight in February or March
- But Ben Shalom, a promoter for BOXXER, says he is ‘adamant’ about those dates
- Dillian Whyte has launched a legal challenge to force a world title fight with Fury
Tyson Fury is ‘adamant’ his next fight will take place in February or March next year, regardless of Dillian Whyte’s legal challenge against the WBC, according to promoter Ben Shalom.
Fury is looking ahead to his next opponent after stopping Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight in October, and his fellow Brit and heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte is hoping to step next. He is awaiting the decision of an arbitration to discover if he has been successful in forcing the Gypsy King into a title fight against him.
The WBC world champion has insisted he is not concerned who it is that steps into the ring to take him on next, but Shalom – who knows Fury well with the pair both hailing from Manchester – revealed he was intent on fighting again in the first part of 2022.
Tyson Fury is ‘adamant’ he will fight next in February or March after beating Deontay Wilder
Promoter Ben Shalom (R) said the Gypsy King had spoken to him about his future plans
Fury attended Wembley Arena on Saturday night to see his cousin Hosea Burton’s fight against Dan Azeez in an event run by Shalom’s BOXXER promotional company. After Burton suffered a stoppage defeat, Fury informed Shalom about his plans.
‘He told me that he will definitely be fighting in February or March but doesn’t know who it will be against,’ the promoter told Sky Sports.
‘It’s out of Tyson’s hands, but he does want to fight in February or March, whether it’s against Dillian or not. He is adamant about that.’
Dillian Whyte is hoping to force Fury into a world title fight after launching a legal challenge
Fury attending Saturday night’s BOXXER event alongside fellow heavywight Joseph Parker (L)
Fury stole the spotlight at the event after arriving alongside his father John and close friend and fellow heavyweight Joseph Parker, who he sat next to.
Shalom added: ‘He’s a great guy. We are both from Manchester and we know the same people. We have a similar understanding.
‘It was good to see him at our show. He is very supportive.’
While Fury may not be fazed about who he fights next, there are a handful of fighters who have thrown their hat into the ring. Joe Joyce – who Fury shares a close relationship with – has offered to step in and fight him in February if he does not agree a bout with Whyte.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘I have got lots of respect for Tyson Fury as a friend and as a fighter, but my schedule is free in February. Let’s do this!’
Former sparring partner Joe Joyce has thrown his hat into the ring to face the Gypsy King
But Whyte is confident an arbitration will side in his favour as bids for a world title shot
But Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn is confident the arbitration’s decision will favour ‘The Body Snatcher’ and hand him a shot at Fury’s title.
‘I think the truth is, without the lawsuit, would he [Dillian Whyte] have even been called for the mandatory by the WBC? I think the answer is probably no or certainly not with the terms that he would want.
‘The legal case and the arbitration has to make its decision, and we believe it’ll be a more favourable decision than what it would be for a standard WBC ruling.
‘The WBC said yesterday, “We can’t make a ruling because of this ongoing situation”. I get it. We’re very confident the ruling will be in the best interest of Dillian Whyte, bearing in mind the circumstances, and he will be called the mandatory challenger to Tyson Fury.’