This weekend, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury would defend his title against Dillian Whyte at the Wembley Stadium in the UK. This would be Fury’s first fight since beating Deontay Wilder last year October at the trilogy fight. The winner of the fight may challenge for the undisputed heavyweight title, that is, if there is no mandatory rematch and if Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua goes according to plan.
Fury would not only be defending his record, but he would also try to preserve his unbeaten record. The Gypsy King currently has 31 wins and 1 draw from 32 fights, from a career spanning nearly 14 years. He previously held the WBA, WBO, OBO, and IBF heavyweight titles after defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. He is one of the best boxers in the heavyweight division and is the obvious favourite of this fight.
Whyte also has a sterling professional record, with 28 wins from 30 fights. His most recent loss was to Alexander Povetkin in 2020, although the latter beat him in 2021. Whyte has achieved so much since turning pro in 2011 and has proven himself over and over again. His fight against Fury would mark the first time he would be challenging for the WBC title, although he has held other titles in the past.
The two boxers met for the first time in a press conference on Wednesday. This is after Whyte ignored the last three meetings, allowing Fury to dominate the media, something Whyte complained about last week.
As the two boxers had their customary staredown, Fury reached out to tickle Whyte, while Whyte gave Fury a pat on his shoulders before the two men shook hands, smiling. This display of sportsmanship would help to ease the tension going into the fight. Fury also said that he and Whyte were friends before and spent a day training together some years ago.
As far as the money goes, Fury would take home a whopping $32.8 million paycheck, while Whyte settles with $8.2 million, which is also huge.
Written by: Leon Osamor