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WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has responded to the news that Dillian Whyte has taken legal action against his sanctioning body.
Wyte stands as the WBC ‘interim’ champion and mandatory challenger with his fight for the title currently due to be called in February 2021. However, last week WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury revealed that he’s agreed financial terms to face Anthony Joshua twice next year instead.
Sulaiman told Pro Boxing Fans: “He’s right now with lawyers against the WBC. I’m not certain what it is about, we did not create the pandemic. We did not enforce any delays on anything, I don’t know what it is all about.
“All I know is the WBC’s position is very clear and it’s public and it’s been consistent. So I have no idea what Dillian and his management and his promotion wishes to accomplish or do. We are clear and we stand strong with our position.”
About the Fury vs Joshua talk, Sulaiman added: “I have seen the comments and it’s obvious. Fury has the fight with Wilder and then he mentioned Joshua next year, so that’s completely open. The WBC’s position is very clear, we have our champion Fury, he has that commitment to Wilder.
“And then we have the mandatory title defence as scheduled within our rules. It’s public. I have continuously stated that Dillian Whyte is the ‘interim’ champion, mandatory challenger. And that the date is February 2021.
“Given all these situations – the situation of the pandemic – we will address every single division with the specifics of each one. I’m tired of saying it. Dillian Whyte is the ‘interim’ champion and mandatory contender.”