And Bob Arum doesn't even think Whyte will make it.
Yes, you read the heading correctly ladies and gentleman. Two of, if not the most vocal fighters in the great sport of boxing, and most certainly in the heavyweight divison. Have brushed off the fact, that a bout, one thats been a very long time coming, could be next.
News broke by the World Boxing Council last night that the winner of Dillian Whyte vs Otto Wallin on October 30th at London's O2 Arena. Would be next in line to face the winner of Saturday night's fight in Paradise, Nevada between Tyson Fury, and Deontay Wilder. Naughty, naughty WBC, not exactly fair to throw this kind of distraction into the ether when all parties considered have so much on their minds, without you adding to it.
Now, im sure you'll remember the various verbal spats that Fury and Whyte have aimed at each other over the years. So, if you're anything like me, im sure you expected both men to find then time to have a dig at the other.
The reaction however ... NOTHING, absolutely nothing. With both men electing to focus on the task at hand .. who knew they could both be so professional!!
After learning the news, Tyson Fury had this to say.
“That’s something I’ve not been told or am even interested in right now.
“I’ve got Deontay Wilder to deal with first and then me, my team, we’ll all sit down and make a decision on what’s next.”
Fury later added about his heavyweight rivals: “Just for the record, I can beat them all. Every single one of them put together.
“They can’t beat me, none of them can beat me.”
Whyte has seemingly yet to comment on the news. In fact, he hasnt been active on Twitter since Mid-September.
It does however, look like his has finally come true. Just yesterday Whyte spoke of his doubts that a fght with Fury would ever actually materialise.
Whyte told the PA news agency: “Tyson Fury hasn’t spoken to anyone from my team about any fight. If he was serious, he would have sent emails or phone calls and we’d have been talking.
'If he was serious I would probably have even waited for him and not fought until December. But these fights are big fights, big fights don't get made in one or two months. There's a lot of things that need to happen.
'If he's serious, he would have been trying to make the fight now. He just talks rubbish. He's a clown, I can't take a clown seriously. What do you do at clowns? You laugh at them.' ... You can see why im so surprised at the apparent cold shoulder from Fury after that diatribe!
Rather interestingly, Fury's US co-promoter, Top Rank's Bob Arum. Doesnt think it'll be Whyte that his charge will be facing ... provided he gets past Wilder again of course.
“Let me tell you, this Wallin is a hell of a fighter and I look for Wallin to clearly beat Whyte, so I’m not even taking it into consideration.
“I don’t think Whyte gets by Wallin. Wallin’s a really good fighter and I don’t think Whyte’s a good fighter.”
When asked if he’d stage Fury vs Whyte in Las Vegas, should Whyte beat Wallin after all, Arum said: “Yeah, of course in Vegas.
“The big fights belong here. Sometimes you do it in the UK, but the PPV in the US is robust.
“The gate – the travel ban will be lifted in November – 10,000 Brits would come over here for the fight.
“They wanna come to Vegas, and Vegas is made for those kind of tours, so it works better here than any place in the world.”