Tyson Fury reveals name of backup opponent ready to step in and fight him if Dillian Whyte pulls out at the last minute


Tyson Fury has revealed that if Dillian Whyte pulls out at the last minute before their Saturday night fight at Wembley Stadium then he will face Joseph Parker instead.

Fury’s UK promoter Frank Warren disclosed earlier this month that there was a back-up plan in place for the fight, which is live on talkSPORT this weekend, and Fury has now confirmed that his friend and training partner Parker is waiting.

Parker is longtime friends with Fury, but could fight him this weekend
Joseph Parker – Instagram

As to whether there is indeed a plan B, Fury told iFL TV: “There is, yes.

“We always have a backup opponent for these big shows because you never know what’s going to happen.

“The guy could fall and break his foot, so there always has to be a reserve.”

Asked to confirm the name of the pending opponent, Fury then said, “WBC number three contender Joseph Parker.

“If Dillian Whyte doesn’t fight, I don’t want a rookie bum, I want a top five.

“Joseph Parker is the replacement opponent for the fight. If Dillian Whyte retires, I will support Joe for the fight and I will fight him.

Tyson Fury reveals name of backup opponent ready to step in and fight him if Dillian Whyte pulls out at the last minute
At this time there is no indication that Whyte will step down.
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“That would be a great fight, Joe is a former world heavyweight champion and highly rated in all organizations.

“He’s in the top five heavyweights. So there will be no complaints from fans.

“If that idiot steps down, then we have a really tasty stage, don’t worry about that.

“We said, ‘Look, this is not personal, strictly professional.

“If this fight happens, we shook hands on it and agreed, then we’re going to throw ourselves.

“Hopefully it doesn’t come to that because I want to fight Dillian Whyte, but if it does, then we’re professional athletes, we’re professional businessmen.

“I’m sure whoever wins, we’ll have a beer afterwards. It’s just a boxing match, not personal.

talkSPORT will bring you live coverage of the huge world heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday night, with our coverage starting at 7.30pm and featuring expert analysis from Ben Davison’s ringside


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