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Warren explains why Fury won’t fight Dillian Whyte after Deontay Wilder trilogy

Tyson Fury will not be locking horns with Dillian Whyte anytime soon, according to the Gypsy King's promoter Frank Warren.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman recently confirmed that Whyte, who is set to face Alexander Povetkin at Matchroom's Fight Camp on August 22, will be next in line for a shot at their champion if he comes out on top against the Russian.

It is currently unclear who that champion will be, nonetheless, as Fury is first contracted to defend his title in a trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder.

And should Fury topple Wilder once more, his immediate attention will turn to an undisputed showdown with unified chief Anthony Joshua – having already reached an initial agreement for two fights with his domestic rival in 2021.

After waiting what feels like a lifetime for his own world-title tilt, Whyte will be determined to force home his mandatory shot and scupper Fury and Joshua's undisputed plans next year.

But Warren, who co-promotes Fury along with Top Rank bigwig Bob Arum, insists his fighter will not be taking on Whyte regardless.

“He ain’t fighting Dillian Whyte because he wants Anthony Joshua," he said.

“Let’s get that on. Then while Dillian waits for his opportunity, a massive fight would be him against [Daniel] Dubois. That fight makes a lot of sense to me.

“Tyson Fury is not beholden to him. Tyson Fury is probably the biggest star in boxing at the moment in my opinion. He’s undefeated, he’s been named as the No.1 heavyweight in the world by Ring Magazine. He will make his choices.

“Him against Joshua is the fight everyone wants to see. I’m a fan and I want to see it. In my lifetime I’ve seen all these heavyweights and now we’re blessed with this.

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“I want to see these two guys fight each other and no-one should stand in their way and it’s really important that it happens now when these two guys are at their best."

British boxing fans have long craved a meeting between Fury and Joshua, who currently hold every recognised world title in the heavyweight division.

AJ also has to get past IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in his next bout, which is likely to go ahead towards the end of the year.

Yet if both men remain unscathed as expected, Warren believes a historic British event will be on the cards.

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  • “It’s the best heavyweight fight out there and it would be the biggest sporting event in this country since England won the World Cup. It would transcend sport," he said.

    “It’s not going to happen before the end of the year, but it has to happen next year.

    “And that fight should happen in the UK. We should move heaven and earth to make it happen here.”

    When asked if Fury could fight behind closed doors this year, Warren replied: “If that’s what it is, that’s what it is. That’s the world we’re in.

    "I don’t want him fighting behind closed doors, for me he’s the biggest box office [star] out there.”

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