Frank Warren says Dillian Whyte will NOT get Tyson Fury fight after being ‘poleaxed’ by Alexander Povetkin as Gypsy King’s team map route to Anthony Joshua

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Dillian Whyte has no chance of fighting Tyson Fury, the WBC champion’s promoter, Frank Warren told talkSPORT.

Britain’s ‘Bodysnatcher’ is looking for a new opponent following news of Alexander Povetkin’s positive COVID test and Eddie Hearn was quick to put his name forward for the opportunity to fight Fury in December.

Dillian Whyte was hoping to exact revenge on Alexander Povetkin, who knocked him out in their first fight, but rematch has been postponed

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Dillian Whyte was hoping to exact revenge on Alexander Povetkin, who knocked him out in their first fight, but rematch has been postponed

The Gypsy King, though, will face Agit Kabayel, as Warren poured cold water on Whyte’s dream.

Speaking to Jim White and Simon Jordan, he told revealed Hearn has not been in touch and insisted he should not waste his time phoning him.

“Correct me if I’m wrong, didn’t Dillian Whyte get absolutely poleaxed in his last fight?

At that time, he was the mandatory challenger to Tyson, he kept going on about it, he was going to sue everybody – whatever. Then stupidly, they put him in with Povetkin and he got poleaxed.”

Frank Warren shut down the idea of Dillian Whyte and Tyson Fury in December

Frank Warren shut down the idea of Dillian Whyte and Tyson Fury in December

Warren confirmed that Kabayel remains the primary target for Fury and that should be confirmed one way or another on Wednesday.

“We’re looking at the European champion Agit Kabayel and that’s the fight we’re looking to make. [They’re dragging their heels] because they want more money – everybody does! But we’re close to making the fight.

“Tyson has been training for this guy and that’s the fight he wants. Tyson is not interested in [a fight with Dillian Whyte].

“He’s made that very clear, even before he faced Povetkin. All we’re interested in is getting to face Anthony Joshua after he gets through his next fight. That’s the only heavyweight Matchroom has we’re interested in.

Tyson Fury seems set to face former Anthony Joshua sparring partner Agit Kabayel

Tyson Fury seems set to face former Anthony Joshua sparring partner Agit Kabayel

“We will know sometime today,” Warren said of Kabayel’s commitment to fight Fury. “He’ll either sign it or he won’t, but we have someone else in mind if he doesn’t. So we have a backup plan, but it won’t be Dillian Whyte.

“It certainly won’t be against Dillian Whyte. What’s in it for us? There’s no gain in it.”

Whyte was dominating Povetkin before taking a left uppercut out of nowhere and suffering the loss. That only went down at the end of August and Whyte was intent on righting that wrong as quickly as possible.

In Warren’s opinion, he doesn’t think Whyte should have been getting back in the ring so quickly and whenever he does, he insists it won’t be against Fury.

“I don’t even think he should be fighting again so soon after getting knocked out like that. He shouldn’t be getting back in there and when he does, it certainly won’t be Tyson Fury.”

No one can deny that from a UK perspective, Whyte and Fury intrigues a hell of a lot more than Kabayel. Warren conceded that point, but also said he had no desire to do Whyte any favours after a loss.





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