Dillian Whyte before Tyson Fury fight: ‘People wrote me off but I’m still here’, ‘Fury is not a giant superstar’ | boxing news

Dillian Whyte is relishing his world title fight with Tyson Fury after being ‘scratched’ previously – and says he will face his opponent ahead of Saturday’s showdown after Tuesday’s public practice.

Whyte, whose two professional losses came to Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin, will challenge the unbeaten Fury for his WBC heavyweight belt at a sold-out Wembley Stadium.

The 34-year-old believes he’s one of the main reasons over 90,000 people bought tickets to the event, saying “Tyson Fury isn’t this huge giant superstar that everyone says that it is.”

Whyte pulled out of training at Wembley after also missing the fight’s ticket launch earlier this year, but is expected to appear at Wednesday’s press conference after landing in London.

Whyte said sky sports“I’ve got nothing to lose, it’s my mindset. I’m not a Gypsy King, I’m just a little old me. He’s a bigger star than me right now but I’m also a big star on my right.

Fury is undefeated in 32 fights, with 31 wins and one draw

“I don’t care what people say or think about me, I’ve never done it. That’s why I’m still here. People said I was done after two losses, they wrote me off both times. I’m still here.

“Three Great Fights [for Fury] against Deontay Wilder and neither of them were completely sold.

“Tyson Fury isn’t this huge giant superstar everyone says he is, he isn’t. The fight at Wembley is sold out because it’s Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte not Tyson Fury and somebody. another.

“There was a lot of madness in the preparation. My team and I tried to get things done, but the other team wasn’t as cooperative. Now we seem to be getting there.

“I’m not here to jump to the tune of Tyson Fury”

“It’s a shame it fell to the wire because we could have made it a major event but it’s boxing and nothing surprises me.

“I’m a professional. I do my job. If things were where they needed to be and they weren’t trying to play dumb assholes, I would have been face to face for a long time. [with Fury] a long time ago. I’m not here to jump to the Tyson Fury tune, we have to jump to the same tune.”

Dillian Whyte
Whyte’s professional record is 28-2

On the fight itself, Whyte added: “I’m probably more relaxed and relaxed than in previous fights. I’ve worked hard, put myself through hell to get here.

“I don’t need months of ‘I’m going to beat him up’. I don’t care about that. It takes me a split second to get mean.

“Tyson has this new style where he tries to blend in, which makes it a great fight. There’s unpredictability. One of us is going to get knocked out.

“He’s a good boxer, a big guy who can punch. I can punch, I’m a good boxer when I want to box but I like to fight. I have to do what I do, listen to my trainer and follow the plan. match we worked.

“The key for me is being adaptable and quick-witted – when I need to fight, when I need to disengage, when I need to attack, when I need to be smart defensively and offensively.”

Why didn’t Whyte introduce open training?

Adam Smith, head of boxing at Sky Sports:

He was absent throughout the preparation and he was not happy with the contract situation originally – he did not come to the first press conference at Wembley, which Tyson did on his own.

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Whyte didn’t attend open media training ahead of his huge Wembley clash with Tyson Fury

I know Dillian and his team very well and he has trained fiercely in the Algarve and thinking back to the many fights we have had with him on Sky he tends to come on a Tuesday.

It arrived today [Tuesday] and I’m sure he’ll be at Wednesday’s press conference and he and Fury will come face to face for the first time. I can’t wait to gauge Dillian and his state of mind.

I think he’s ready. He’s up for it, it’s his golden opportunity and he’s been waiting a thousand days for it. He deserves his chance.

Tyson starts out as a heavy favorite but you know what Dillian can do, that big left hand. He’s a warrior. You delete it at your own risk. He’s a much improved fighter since that fight against Anthony Joshua.

Does he have Tyson’s natural boxing ability? No – but he learned and improved each time. He’s tough, tough, has power and he’s a hard man to pin down.

Remember, Tyson was shot multiple times and we don’t know what the third Fury-Deontay Wilder took away from him. Like I said, Tyson starts favorite but we’ve seen bigger upsets before.

He and Tyson go way back. They know each other and despite all the acrimonious discussions, they deeply respect each other.

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Fury operated as a southpaw in open practice ahead of his fight with Whyte

Fury sharp in public training

Sky Sports’ Cameron Hogwood:

A beaming but focused Tyson Fury gave fans a thorough workout as he continued his final preparations for Saturday’s all-British title fight with Dillian Whyte at Wembley.

The WBC champion had the stage to himself at BoxPark following the late announcement that Whyte would not attend public practice.

Whyte, who broke the media silence during the build-up to the fight last week, was due to return from his training camp in Portugal.

The pair are set to meet for the first time at Wednesday’s press conference after Whyte’s absence from the ticket launch event earlier this year left Fury staring with a billboard of his opponent.

In a call with world media last Thursday, Fury reaffirmed that he had no intention of underestimating mandatory challenger Whyte, and it was all evident on Tuesday as he and trainer SugarHill Steward walked through three sets of detailed pad work.

Fury, back in the ring this weekend for the first time since frosting his epic trilogy against Deontay Wilder, operated southpaw throughout in another reminder of Whyte’s versatility to come.

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Joseph Parker says Fury looked fantastic in camp and will stop Whyte between the fifth and ninth rounds.

“A big thank you to everyone for coming out today and to everyone who purchased a ticket for Saturday’s fight,” Fury said, addressing fans who had purchased a ticket to attend the coaching.

“My promise is you’re going to see a great fight. Dillian has been training hard in Portugal, he’s bringing his A game and he’s going to fight the best Tyson Fury, hopefully I’m going to fight the best Dillian Whyte.

“We’re going to give the fans a real treat because you’ve got two of the best heavyweights in the world going down. There’s going to be fireworks. One of us is going to get knocked out first, it’s not won’t be me!”

The 33-year-old was greeted with loud cheers as he entered as his father Peter exclaimed from the ring: “You are the best in the world, son!”

Joseph Parker was also on hand to support Fury, as was Otto Wallin, who was pulled into the ring by his former adversary turned friend.

Earlier in the day, Fury’s brother Tommy also stepped into the ring ahead of his clash with Daniel Bocianski.

If you want to buy Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte at BT Sport Box Office on April 23, 2022, please visit www.sky.com/boxoffice/btsport.

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