Dillian Whyte admits Tyson Fury is modern-era great despite “all-time” dismissal

Whyte has rubbished claims that Fury is the greatest heavyweight ever placing the likes of Lennox Lewis and George Foreman ahead of him in his “all-time” list

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Dillian Whyte has rubbished claims that Tyson Fury is the “greatest” all-time heavyweight rating the likes of Lennox Lewis and Muhammad Ali ahead of his rival.

Fury prevailed in one of the modern-era classics earlier in the month when he scored a second consecutive victory over Deontay Wilder.

And his latest victory met calls from many that Fury was the “greatest” heavyweight of all-time as his undefeated record remained in tact.

But despite admitting his status in the modern-era, Whyte has laughed off claims that Fury is the best heavyweight of any generation.

“Who has he fought? Deontay Wilder and [Wladimir] Klitschko, he can’t call himself the greatest,” Whyte told CNN.

Tyson Fury remains undefeated after a modern-era classic with Deontay Wilder


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“OK, you might be the best heavyweight around in your era now because you haven’t lost, then you beat everyone put in front of you. But you’re not the greatest.

“You haven’t even achieved half of what Lennox Lewis has achieved: Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman- all of these guys.”

Whyte looks to be next in-line for a shot at the ‘Gypsy King’ as he remains interim champion in the WBC heavyweight rankings.

But he is yet to hear official declaration of his status as mandatory challenger and is awaiting ruling on the situation from the governing body.

And Fury is currently on a break from action after his Las Vegas tilt and is spending time with his family back at his home in Morecambe.

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Although Whyte is confident that a fight can be made for early next year, despite calls from many to reschedule his postponed clash with Otto Wallin.

Whyte told talkSPORT: “Fury’s got the world title and that’s what I’ve been waiting for, that’s what I’ve worked for.

“I don’t even know how much sanctioning fees I’ve paid. I could’ve easily abandoned this route and gone down another route years ago, but I’ve waited and I’ve waited and I’ve waited.

“So what am I going to do? Fight Otto Wallin or fight Tyson Fury, what are you gonna do? It’s common sense. Like I said, I’m not scared of no-one. I wanted to fight.

“I think they’re going to mandate me vs Tyson Fury, they’ve basically said it already. It’s already been mandated really, so we don’t need to wait – I want it to be in the UK man, that’s a UK fight. That’s the biggest all-British heavyweight title fight since Lennox Lewis vs Frank Bruno.”

Fury has also been linked with a clash against Anthony Joshua after their undisputed clash fell through earlier this year.

But the 33-year-old champion has cast doubt on both meetings by hinting at his own retirement plans.

Although his wife Paris is confident that he will box for at least two more years, despite being torn on the longevity of his boxing career.

Fury’s promoter Bob Arum is currently planning for a UK return for his fighter with a date in March or April targeted.

Although any return will not be in Manchester after his co-promoter Frank Warren appeared to rule out the possibility of any Old Trafford homecoming.

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