Dillian Whyte COLUMN: Tyson Fury talks nonsense about wanting to fight me, he’s just trying to mess up my s

Tyson Fury doesn’t want to fight me. He said it himself last week before then claiming he’d fight me after all if the WBC diamond belt was on the line.

Since when did he care about belts? I thought he was the self-styled lineal champion? Forget what he has said this week, it’s all rubbish. I wasn’t born yesterday. It is a delaying tactic by Fury.

He wants to fight Deontay Wilder again at the end of the day, and if all goes to their plan that will happen early next year. But that’s not my plan.

I’ve been WBC number one for over 560 days and chasing that protected, coward Wilder who has chosen voluntarily to fight Luis Ortiz and Fury for less money combined than he would’ve earned fighting me. The only reason he did that is because he knew they were easier fights. Enough’s enough. Forget all that Fury noise, I want my shot at the protected champion.

Dillian Whyte insists Tyson Fury has no interest in fighting him


Dillian Whyte insists Tyson Fury has no interest in fighting him

Me and Fury would be a massive fight in the UK, everyone who understands boxing knows that. But he always contradicts himself. If you listen to what he says from one interview to the next it’s something different every single time – he talks absolute nonsense. If he’s the best heavyweight on the planet then why is he fighting Tom Schwarz? He’s ranked number 53 in the world. 53! If you’re a real champion and a real fighting man, you don’t do that. He turned down an ordered rematch with Deontay Wilder to fight Schwarz. That’s not the actions of a confident, fighting man.

Fury is an intelligent, smart and awkward boxer, but at the end of the day he couldn’t hurt me. I’ve sparred him many times and know him very well. He has absolutely no power. He couldn’t knock a w**k out. I’d go in there and chase him down and bash him up. I’m not going in there to have a boxing match with him, I’d be there to have a proper fight with him.

Dillian Whyte writes an exclusive weekly column for talkSPORT.com

Dillian Whyte writes an exclusive weekly column for talkSPORT.com

Hopefully we will make the fight one day. Me and my team have been trying to make that fight for years already – but he’s not serious about it.

At the minute, I’m fighting Oscar Rivas who is the highest ranked and most dangerous opponent that any of the top four have lined up. Fury ran away from him.

Then I want my crack at Wilder which is way, way, way overdue. If he wants it Fury can get in line, stop trying to chase Wilder and let me have the crack he says I deserve.

Fury’s next opponent is Germany’s Tom Schwarz (right)

Fury’s next opponent is Germany’s Tom Schwarz (right)


Why is Wilder fighting Dominic Breazeale this weekend? Breazeale shouldn’t be mandatory as he’s done absolutely nothing to deserve that status and done even less for the WBC. He’s had one WBC fight his whole career. I’ve had ten. Yet they make him mandatory for fighting a fake “one way” eliminator that magically became a final eliminator six months after the fight took place after assuring everyone at the time that it had been mistakenly billed on their website as a final eliminator.

How can you then put number six ranked Breazeale in a final eliminator when I was number one, available and had been trying to fight him for ages? How can you pass me over for an ineligible opponent who you parachute into the rankings in a fight that was so rubbish that it wasn’t even televised? It’s a joke.

The biggest joke of all though is that his opponent Eric Molina was officially banned at the time by WADA from taking part in any sport worldwide for failing a drugs test against Anthony Joshua. The contest should never have taken place and the result should certainly be null and void. Why was this fight ever allowed to take place?


My next opponent is one of the most avoided heavyweights, much more so than that fake bogeyman Luis Ortiz who’s turned down multiple offers to fight me. He only pipes up once he knows I’ve already arranged a fight, like he did late last year when we were finalising Derek Chisora. Then he started crying about not getting a contract. Well, you don’t get a contract if you turn down the offer you fool!

Rivas is the real deal and genuinely avoided. Fury is not the first to swerve him. Kubrat Pulev has been running away from him for years since he knocked him out of the Olympics. He also wiped the floor with Anthony Joshua’s next opponent, Andy Ruiz, denying him his dream of fighting for his country. Rivas is unbeaten as a pro and is coming off a knockout victory against the highly rated Bryant Jennings.

All I’m interested in at the moment is getting myself in the best possible shape to put on a great show and knock out Oscar Rivas in ten weeks’ time. Then it should be my turn against Wilder. I’m just waiting for the WBC to finally to do what’s right and to stop protecting him from me.

Oscar Rivas (left) has won all 26 of his professional fights


Oscar Rivas (left) has won all 26 of his professional fights


Last weekend, Fabio Wardley, who I manage, continued his impressive rise through the ranks with a knock out win over ‘Blob’ Lewandowski. Although he looked a sight, he is a very tough man and good boxer who had never been stopped before and who went ten rounds with Tyson Fury’s next opponent, Tom Schwarz.

Tickets for Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas at The O2 on July 20, including an impressive undercard, are available to purchase now from StubHubThe O2and Matchroom BoxingYou can also watch the fight live on Sky Sports Box Office.