The all-British fight for the WBC world heavyweight title between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte will mark Fury’s obligatory WBC title defense against a challenger who’s waited more than 1,000 days for his shot at the title.
Will The Gypsy King, Tyson Fury, secure a second defense of the title he won against Deontay Wilder in 2020, or will The Body Snatcher, Dillian Whyte, redeem himself in style after falling to Alexander Povetkin in 2020?
Stay tuned as we bring you all the details about the hottest bout in boxing today.
Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte: Time and Place
Tyson Fury is scheduled to fight Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium on April 23 in front of a packed house. More than 94,000 spectators at the stadium and millions of fans in front of their TVs will be watching to see if Whyte can pull an upset or if Tyson Fury will defend his title with authority.
The main card is set to begin at 7 p.m. BST (2 p.m. ET), while live TV coverage is expected an hour earlier. The ring walks for the main event should get underway between 10 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. BST (5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. ET), depending on the duration of the undercard fights.
Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte: Background
Following Fury’s WBC and The Ring title defenses against Deontay Wilder in 2021, the fight with Whyte has been looming. Still, it almost did not happen. Late in 2021, Fury’s team was in the middle of negotiations for the fight against the undefeated WBA (Super), WBO, and IBF heavyweight champ Oleksandr Usyk but Anthony Joshua refused to step aside for the unification bout to take place.
Following WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman’s orders to Fury to defend his title against Whyte and the decision to grant 80% of the purse bids to Fury, compared to 20% that will go to Whyte, the stage was set, and a rivalry was born.
Whyte’s Road to the Fight
Whyte’s road to face Fury was an incredibly long one. He has played the role of a villain since his spat with Antony Joshua in 2016. Since Whyte was undefeated in 16 bouts at the time, he was bold enough to make claims he would beat all of his opponents. One by one, Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker, and others fell, but Dominic Breazeale, Luis Ortiz, Bermane Stiverne, and others were picked ahead of him for a shot at the Bronze Bomber (Deontay Wilder).
Then a positive drug test in 2019 threatened to end Whyte’s career. He was tested again by UKAD and cleared of all charges. After two more bouts against Povetkin, Whyte was ready to take on Fury.
Fury’s Road to the Fight
After Fury’s famous trilogy of fights against Deontay Wilder, the champion stands undefeated, with a 31-0-1 record (22 knockouts). Furry opted out of his fight against Joshua in Saudi Arabia to give Wilder that third chance at the title, but he retained the WBC title in 2021, which was the last time he entered the ring.
The spat between Fury and Whyte began when Whyte failed to show up for the pair’s press conference, having chosen to remain in Portugal and train. Allegedly, Whyte had asked for a private jet to bring him in, but that did not happen.
Fury had called Whyte a coward before, and the latter’s decision to steer clear from the media and train off the grid in Portugal only contributed to this defamatory nickname.
The bookies rely on Fury’s technical skills to power him through the fight, while Whyte’s chances of pulling off an upset certainly lie in his raw strength and the ability to take a punch and stay on his feet.