Tyson Fury May Vacate WBC Title and Fight Andy Ruiz or Joseph Parker
A purse split has still not been agreed with Dillian Whyte
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In a recent interview with talkSPORT, legendary promoter Bob Arum suggests Tyson Fury could vacate his WBC title and fight Andy Ruiz or Joseph Parker instead of Dilian Whyte.
“If we can’t come to a deal with Dillian Whyte, we’ll do a fight for the Ring Magazine belt and the ‘lineal’ title and we’ll pick another opponent
“We’ve gotta get Tyson back in the ring by the end of March…
“Frank [Warren] and I are determined to come to him with an opponent that’s acceptable and we’d love to do that fight in Cardiff.
“Andy Ruiz Jr is a possibility.
“Joseph Parker I see had a good victory over Derek Chisora – that could be a possibility.
“And we’re looking at a couple of other names that might be appropriate.”
Despite The Gyspy King being ordered to defend his heavyweight title against Whyte, a purse split has still not been agreed which may force Fury to find a different opponent.
Fury is keen to fight in spring 2022, but if the fight with Whyte goes to purse bids this could further prolong the negotiation process.
Unfortunately for Fury, due to Whyte being a mandatory challenger for an extended period and forcing legal matters, he would have to give up his WBC title if he fought someone else.
Nonetheless, Arum does not explicitly mention whether or not The Gypsy King can schedule an interim bout, so this could be his only option to keep his belt.
As for other potential opponents, Parker impressed last Saturday by dominating Chisora and claiming a 12 round unanimous decision. The man from New Zealand fought with more aggression and managed to score three knockdowns.
Fury and Parker are good friends out of the ring, however, boxing is a business and this would be an exciting spectacle to watch.
Andy Ruiz, on the other hand, looks to be in a rebuilding phase under new coach Eddie Reynoso.
The Mexican American has only fought once since losing the rematch to Anthony Joshua in 2019 and that was against a 40-year-old Chris Arreola. Not to mention, Arreola was able to knock Ruiz down and gave him a tough fight over 12 rounds.
As for the WBC title itself, if Fury vacates, this could lead to a fight between Whyte and Deontay Wilder for the championship. Whyte would maintain his mandatory position whereas Wilder is ranked as number one by the WBC.
Alternatively, Whyte may be promoted to WBC heavyweight champion. Thus, his first defence could be against Parker, Ruiz Jr, Joe Joyce, or Wilder who would battle it out for the mandatory position.
In any case, nothing is confirmed yet and time will decide who the Gypsy King fights next and what will happen with the WBC title.
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