Tyson Fury was a solo group at Wembley this week as Dllian Whyte declined to attend the press conference to officially announce their title fight.
The Gypsy King still held a show at England’s National Stadium and appeared to have done a good job selling the fight as 85,000 tickets were sold in the first three hours of sales.
It is understood that Warren is asking to push the capacity up to 100,000 for the WBC heavyweight title showdown between Fury and Whyte.
The Gypsy King were in full promotion on Tuesday and have certainly taken over from their departed opponent. In fact, he left a little message for Whyte behind the scenes as recorded by BT Sport cameras.
The whiteboard read: “White is aw ***** 2022. By Tyson Fury [signature].”
He didn’t spell Whyte’s name correctly, but the sentiment was clear.
Disputes over Whyte’s salary for this mega fight and the way Queensbury promoters treated The Body Snatcher’s team led to this standoff.
Whyte did not attend the press conference and showed no indication that he would be involved in the pre-fight promotion in the future.
Queensbury boss Frank Warren said Whyte’s decision not to appear at the press conference was a “shame”.
“I didn’t think he was coming. I don’t think he wants to come, he asked ridiculous requests,” Warren told talkSPORT.
“At some point a few days ago [it was] that we can’t even use his image on a poster.
“I mean, what is it?
“We pay him $8 million, plus he has a $4 million advantage if he wins, it’s outrageous.
“But that’s how it is and we keep going. As long as he’s there at night, that’s all that matters.
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“One thing I won’t take away from him is his ability as a boxer, he’ll come and fight, he’s a warrior.
“But the rest leaves a lot to be desired.
“It’s not professional, it’s not the industry standard, I’ve never been involved or even seen a fight where either guy doesn’t show up, I’ve never heard of,” Warren concluded.
Whyte, 28-2, has been leading the line for a title for over three years now, minus the few months he lost to Alexander Povetkin totally in a knockout that came totally against the tide of the fight.
Whyte avenged that loss to reclaim his place at the top of the WBC rankings and now it looks like the 33-year-old is focusing squarely on his meeting with Fury on April 23 at Wembley Stadium, which will be live on talkSPORT.