Fury will run from me, says Whyte

WBC Interim champion Dillian Whyte doesn’t expect to secure a shot at Tyson Fury with a victory over Alexander Povetkin on Saturday evening.

The WBC have ruled that the winner of Fury’s trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder must face Whyte, though the South London contender believes that a win over former WBA champion Povetkin may still not be enough.

Frank Warren has suggested that Fury has little interest in facing Whyte in 2021, with the main goal remaining to meet Anthony Joshua in a tussle for the undisputed heavyweight crown.

“Do you think Tyson Fury cares? Tyson Fury don’t care.” Whyte told Sky Sports. “He used to say he was the lineal heavyweight champion, he let the public think he is, but he does what he wants to. Tyson Fury doesn’t care. He’s a man that says one thing today and then says something else tomorrow. He doesn’t give two hoots what the public thinks.

“He said he was a fighting man. Before he won the belt, he said he was going to fight me. He just talks rubbish. He said he was going to do this to me, do that to me. ‘When I beat Deontay Wilder, I’m going to give Dillian the first shot at the belt, because he deserves it, he’s waited so long and he’s worked so hard.’ After he wins the fight, he talks about fighting Derek Chisora. He’s a joker. The WBC have obviously come forward and said you have to fight me now, so let’s see what he’s going to do.

“He’s tried everything to avoid me. Even without waiting for the outcome of my fight with Povetkin, he’s so scared about the prospect of fighting me that his promoter begged the WBC to elevate him to ‘Franchise’ champion to keep him out of my clutches. Mauricio has said publicly that that ain’t happening. All going well, he’ll be all mine, but I fully expect him to run, run and run, just like that coward Wilder before him.”