What the WBC heavyweight world champion and his mandatory challenger must do to be successful Saturday in London.
The fighters have weighed in and all that’s left to do is make the walk and fight. WBC and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury defends his belt against mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London (ESPN+ PPV, 2 p.m. ET with prelims at 1 p.m. on ESPN+).
Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs), 33, of Manchester, England, is coming off two stoppage victories over Deontay Wilder to close their trilogy. Fury had been expected to face unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed championship, but when a deal for Whyte and Anthony Joshua (who had a rematch clause for Usyk) to step aside and allow Fury-Usyk to happen fell through, Fury vs. Whyte was made. This will be Fury’s first fight in England in almost four years.
Whyte (28-2, 19), 34, of Jamaica but fighting out of London, has been the WBC No. 1 contender for a long time. He lost that status in a KO defeat to Alexander Povetkin in 2020 but regained it with a stoppage victory in their rematch.
“If I can’t look like Muhammad Ali against this guy, then I’m in the wrong [profession],” Fury said during a March news conference. “I will chop him to bits. Not a problem. I will smash his face right in. You’re going to see a boxing masterclass. You’re going to see the difference in levels.”
A U.K. record of 94,000 fans for a boxing event is expected at Wembley.
Main card (ESPN+ PPV 2:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT)
- Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte; WBC and Ring Magazine world heavyweight titles
- Anthony Cacace vs. Jhonatan Romero; Super featherweight
- Isaac Lowe vs. Nick Ball; Featherweight
- David Adeleye vs. Chris Healey; Heavyweight
- Tommy Fury vs. Daniel Bocianski; Light heavyweight
- Karol Itauma vs. Michal Ciach; Light heavyweight
- Royston Barney Smith vs. Michael Walton; Super featherweight
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When is FURY VS. WHYTE?
Date: Saturday, April 23
Main card: 2 p.m. ET
Main event ringwalks (approx): 5 p.m. ET
The main card is set to get underway at 2 p.m. ET with the main event ringwalks scheduled for 5 p.m. ET. As ever with live fight cards, these timings could change due to the length of the undercard bouts.
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- Tyson Fury
- Dillian Whyte