One of the biggest title fights in the history of British heavyweight boxing is set to take place this weekend, as Tyson Fury defends the WBC belt against Dillian Whyte.
The pair have a history, having sparred with one another much earlier in their careers, but finally they will meet in a professional bout this weekend – in a seismic clash in front of more than 90,000.
Wembley Stadium will play host to the all-British showdown, which pits the unbeaten Fury (31-0-1, 22 knockouts) against his mandatory challenger in Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs).
Whyte skipped the first pre-fight press conference last month but has finally broken a long period of silence, and the hype is rapidly increasing for this intriguing match-up.
Here’s all you need to know about the fight.
When is it?
The fight will take place on Saturday 23 April.
The first fight will begin at 6pm BST, with coverage starting from 7pm. The ring walks for the main event are expected to take place shortly after 10pm BST.
Where will it take place?
The fight will take place at Wembley Stadium in London, marking Fury’s first contest on home soil since 2018.
Around 94,000 fans are expected to fill the venue.
How can I watch it?
In the UK, the event will air exclusively on BT Sport Box Office at a cost of £24.95.
In the US, ESPN+ will stream the action live at a cost of $69.99
What are the odds?
Tyson Fury – 1/7
Dillian Whyte – 4/1
Draw – 25/1
How much will the fighters earn?
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren won the purse bid with his effort of approximately £30million, which beat the £23m put forward by Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn. Both were record bids in the entire history of boxing.
An 80/20 per cent purse split was agreed in favor of champion Fury, though the split only relates to 90 per cent of the overall winning bid (£27m) – because the promoter must deposit the other 10 per cent.
As such, Fury will thus take home approximately £21.5m, while Whyte receives around £5.5m.
The winner will receive the 10 per cent deposit (£3m).
What are the fighters’ records?
Fury, 33, is unbeaten at 31-0-1 (22 knockouts), with a controversial split draw in his first fight with Deontay Wilder giving way to stoppage wins against the American in the “Gypsy King”’s two most recent bouts.
Whyte, 34, has a professional record of (28-2, 19 KOs). He last fought in March 2021, knocking out Alexander Povetkin to avenge his own stoppage loss to the Russian from August 2020.
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