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WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is now without any mandatory obligations. That’s after Alexander Povetkin knocked out Dillian Whyte on Saturday night.
Had Whyte been victorious, he would have been a huge stumbling block in finalizing a potential 2021 unification between Fury and IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO champion Anthony Joshua.
Provided Fury defeats Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight, and Joshua overcomes mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, the stage will be set for a major unification showdown next year.
“Eddie Hearn was trying to protect Joshua, trying to put a hurdle in the way with Whyte. The biggest fight out there now is me and Joshua, so let’s make it happen,” Fury told BT Sport Boxing. “Stop running away, stop making excuses, put your nuts in your handbag and let’s fight.”