No Dilian Whyte in sight but Tyson Fury still has to dodge and sidestep Daniel Kinahan’s questions

His appearance isn’t guaranteed though, as when it comes to this fight, nothing seems certain.

Whyte was absent from yesterday’s open practice at BOXPARK Wembley as he was from the press conference to announce the promotion.

News leaked during training that Whyte would not be able to make it, as he had just arrived at Luton Airport from his training base in Portugal.

Mixed news, then. At least Whyte arriving in the country was the biggest indication, but he will be in the ring on Saturday night. Not that Fury seemed troubled by Whyte’s absence during the build-up to the all-British heavyweight bout.

It’s hard to read anything into what happens at public practices, which are usually nothing more than an exercise in greeting fans and posing for photos. But what stands out from yesterday’s event is that Fury spent the rounds he did on the pads with trainer, SugarHill Steward, as a southpaw.

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Fury has boxed as a southpaw before, including his 2012 fight with Martin Rogan and his second win over Derek Chisora ​​two years later. It was effective albeit rather boring, with both opponents struggling to put a glove on him.

Steward admitted that it was up to Fury to decide what he would do on fight night. “He’s adaptable,” said the American coach. “He could fight it left-handed or orthodox. He could even stand up and box him.

Fury likes his mind games and boxing for a few minutes in public as a southpaw could well be a way to disrupt Whyte’s own game plan, even though the champion made a compelling case to do so on Saturday.

“I could change,” Fury said. “I think Dillian Whyte is very sensitive to a southpaw. He didn’t fight much. He takes away his left hook. It’s his number one punch.

Whether or not Whyte (left) was in the building yesterday, Fury knew he would face questions about his association with Daniel Kinahan, who is accused of being in charge of an international drug trafficking group and had $5m (£3.85m). bounty placed on him.

It was the same Daniel Kinahan whom Fury credited with brokering a deal to fight Anthony Joshua, which fell through after Joshua was beaten by Oleksandr Usyk last year; the same Daniel Kinahan who was co-founder of MTK Global, which lists Fury as its biggest client; the same Daniel Kinahan that Fury was photographed with in Dubai a few weeks ago.

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Promoter Frank Warren insists Kinahan had no involvement in Saturday’s fight, while Fury said Kinahan’s issues had nothing to do with him.

“A photo doesn’t mean I’m a criminal?” ” he said. “I can’t control who is in the building. There could be a criminal in this building now. Doesn’t mean I’m involved in his criminal activity, does it?

“I have my own issues to deal with, with six kids and a wife who’s harassing me to death because I’m not home to help with the kids. I have a man who wants to punch me in the face next week. Everything else is out of my control.

While 94,000 tickets for the fight have been sold, for Warren, who is tasked with promoting it for broadcast on BT Box Office, Whyte’s non-appearance at another event was disappointing.

“What am I going to do, smack his ass and make him stand in the corner?” said Warren. “Unfortunately he’s not here. Luckily I have the most colorful heavyweight since Muhammad Ali.

After the bad feeling that had built up between the two camps, today’s press conference was bound to be heated – if Whyte was there.


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