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The heavyweight scene has been altered once again and it could lead to Tyson Fury’s next fight being a unification bout.

 

The heavyweight landscape in boxing has undergone major shifts in the past month and another twist may have put a unification bout back on the agenda for Tyson Fury.

 

 

The Gypsy King was all set for a showdown with Anthony Joshua, with all four heavyweight belts on the line, but Joshua ‘s defeat to Oleksandr Usyk last month shattered those plans.

 

 

A rematch between the pair is now set to go ahead, pushing a unification bout further back into the future and leaving Fury in a difficult position.

 

 

With an AJ or Usyk bout off the cards in the immediate future, the WBC was expected to order Fury to face mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte.

 

 

The London fighter was set to go toe-to-toe in the capital on October 30th against Otto Wallin, where victory would have put him in position for a title bid that he’s waited over 600 days for.

 

 

However, those plans are now also up in the air as Whyte has been forced to withdraw from the bout due to a shoulder injury.

 

 

The WBC now faces a decision on what action to take, with Wallin’s camp understandably already calling for the fight to be rescheduled – which could have major implications for the governing body in the next 12 months.

 

 

A date for the fight to be rescheduled would largely depend on Whyte’s length of absence and how long he will be out for – and may lead to the whole process starting from the beginning once more.

 

 

It’s unlikely a reschedule date would fall before the end of the calendar year and early 2022 is a more likely scenario, potentially even as far down the line as the spring – which, incidentally, is also when AJ vs Usyk 2 is expected to happen.

 

 

It has been hinted that the rematch will take place on April 4th and, following Fury’s victory over Wilder, it was reported the WBC would allow Fury as 60-day window to agree to a unification bout – which of course couldn’t happen due to the rematch.

 

 

If the same process takes place after a rescheduled fight between Whyte and Wallin, then it could allow for Fury to reach an agreement with whoever emerges victorious out of Usyk and Joshua.

 

 

While a unification bout is fiercely wanted by the boxing world, the same cannot be said for the WBC and other governing bodies as it reduces the control they have to order bouts and clashes themselves.

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