Fury vs Whyte: UK ring walk time, TV details, undercard, odds
Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte finally go head-to-head TONIGHT as the heavyweight giants do battle in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley Stadium: Everything to know ahead of the fight
- British rivals Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte finally go head-to-head on April 23
- A whopping 94,000 fans will be attendance for the bout at Wembley Stadium
- The bout marks Fury’s UK homecoming, having fought in the US since 2018
- Whyte, meanwhile, has been patiently waiting for his shot at the WBC crown
Tyson Fury marks his UK homecoming with an all-British blockbuster against Dillian Whyte at a sold out Wembley Stadium tonight.
The Gypsy King last fought on British soil in 2018, since starting and ending a historic rivalry with American Deontay Wilder.
Following a controversial draw in their first encounter back in 2018, Fury then dethroned ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in 2020 before retaining his WBC belt in November last year.
Fury had been set for an all-time classic encounter against long-time rival Anthony Joshua, but the wait for a first British undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis continues, with AJ falling to defeat against Oleksandr Usyk.
There were negotiations for both Joshua and Whyte to step aside, allowing Fury and Usyk to go head-to-head, but they broke down at the last hour. Fury instead takes on Whyte, with Joshua’s rematch against Usyk set for the summer.
The build-up to one of Britain’s most eagerly-anticipated sporting spectacles in recent memory took a hit with both fighters remaining largely silent throughout – but the excitement has steadily increased throughout an entertaining fight week.
With the bout now swiftly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Tyson Fury (left) and Dillian Whyte will do battle at a sold out Wembley Stadium tonight
The clash between Fury and Whyte is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 23 in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.
The pair are expected to walk to the ring at around 10pm for those in the UK, though that will of course depend on results beforehand.
There is also action in abundance on the undercard, with Tommy Fury making his return to the ring against Daniel Bocianski.
David Adeleye, who has been sparring Fury in the build-up to the blockbuster clash, is also on the card as he takes on Chris Healey in his ninth professional outing.
How to watch the fight
The fight, which will be a 12-round contest, will be broadcast live on BT Sport Box Office.
The domestic grudge match will cost £24.95 to watch, it has been announced, with the BT coverage kicking off at 6pm.
Once purchased, the event will be available to be streamed online via the BT website and app.
Sportsmail will also be covering the fight live, so you can keep up-to-date with us.
Fury vs Whyte: The key stats
Height: 6ft 9in
Height: 6ft 4in
Fury retained his WBC belt with a stunning win to end his rivalry with Deontay Wilder last year
Whyte got back on track by knocking out Alexander Povetkin in their rematch last year
Who’s fighting on the undercard?
A number of boxing fans were left perplexed by the lack of an undercard announcement so close to the fight, but it was finally named just under three weeks out.
The big news is that Tommy Fury returns to the ring, after pulling out of his clash against Jake Paul with injury last year.
American Jared Anderson, one of Fury’s primary sparring partners, was set to make his UK debut before injury forced him out of both the card and the Gypsy King training camp.
Featherweight Isaac Lowe – or ‘Westgate Warrior’ – does feature, however, alongside Adeleye.
- Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte – (WBC heavyweight world title)
- Tommy Fury vs Daniel Bocianski (light-heavyweight)
- Isaac Lowe vs Nick Ball (Featherweight)
- Ekow Essuman vs Darren Tetley
- David Adeleye vs Chris Healey (Heavyweight)
- Kurt Walker vs Stefan Nicolae (Super-Featherweight)
- Karol Itauma vs Michal Ciach (Light-Heavyweight)
- Royston Barney-Smith vs Constantin Radoi (Super-Featherweight)
What’s been said?
Fury and Whyte have hurled a barrage of insults at each other, largely on social media, throughout the years, while both have on multiple occasions insisted they beat up the other in sparring a number of years ago.
The British duo were largely respectful at Wednesdays presser, however, with Fury insisting he will need to be on top form to emerge victorious on fight night.
‘Dillian’s a good fighter, he’s big, strong, tough, game, he’s got good punch power that’s knocked out a lot of men,’ Fury said. ‘He’s got a lot of experience in the fight game.
‘He’s definitely a man that needs a lot of respect and that’s what I’ve given him.
‘I’ve done everything I can possibly do to train for this. I’ve trained as hard for Dillian as I have for Wilder. He’ll be fighting the best Tyson Fury.’
‘The champ is here,’ Fury announced as he made his way to the stage on Wednesday afternoon
But he quickly turned serious, insisting he will have to be at his very best to beat Whyte
Whyte, meanwhile, insisted he will do anything and everything to become WBC champion on Saturday night.
‘We’ve worked hard in the gym, I believe in myself and I’m willing to do whatever it takes,’ Whyte said.
‘Victory by any means necessary I’ll do that. I’m not scared to take risks, it’s nothing new.
‘It means everything to fight in my home country for the world title. It’s massive.
‘Me and him didn’t expect to be here, especially me. I’ve taken risks time and time and time again. I’m ready to rock and roll.’
There was a scuffle between John Fury and Whyte’s brother, Dean, however, with the heavyweight protagonists needing to step in and diffuse the situation.
The bad feeling lingered after the presser, however, with Whyte branding John Fury an ‘idiot’.
Fury insisted the entourages should not have got involved after diffusing the tension on stage
What happened at the weigh-in?
Fury joked he plans to ‘eat burgers and drink beers’ in his final 24 hours before going head-to-head with Whyte, after weighing in significantly lighter than expected at Friday’s weigh-in.
The Gypsy King had vowed to come in a career-heaviest for his British blockbuster against ‘The Body Snatcher’ on Saturday night, but instead tipped the scales nearly a stone lighter than for his trilogy bout against Wilder.
A slimline Fury tipped the scales at 264lbs 13oz, while Whyte put on 6lbs to come in at 253lbs 4oz as the pair got one final opportunity to size each other up before fight night.
Fury came in nearly a stone lighter than he did against Deontay Wilder at 264lbs 13oz
Whyte, meanwhile, has increased in weight and tipped the scales 253lbs and 4oz
Fury was greeted to a champion’s reception as he took to the stage at Boxpark Wembley, with a 1,000 crowd in attendance as the excitement for the heavyweight bonanza continues to build.
The bizarre love-in continued as the heavyweights came together. Instead of trash talking with menace, the two Brits about to dispute the WBC world heavyweight title embraced, tickled each other and shook hands repeatedly.
Fury vs Whyte: The odds
Having proven his credentials once again in a third and final blockbuster bout against Wilder, it comes as no surprise that Fury is the overwhelming favourite to prevail once more on April 23.
Fury is the 1/5 favourite to get the victory, 5/2 via a decision and 4/6 by stoppage.
Whyte is certainly the underdog but, as he exhibited in his stunning rematch victory over Povetkin last year, the Brixton fighter carries knockout power in abundance.
He is down at 7/2 to emerge victorious, 20/1 via a decision and 9/2 by stoppage. A draw is at 25/1.
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
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