Although it took him a year and eight months to return to the squared circle against Deontay Wilder, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s next fight is only a couple of months away as his upcoming title unification fight against interim WBC champion Dillian Whyte on 23rd April won a record $40 million purse bid. The “Gypsy King” has been under heavy training as his recent video on social media revealed, which also carried a grudge message for Fury’s upcoming opponent.
The purse bid for Fury vs Whyte was won jointly by Top Rank and Queensbury Promotions, with Top Rank president Todd duBoef revealing 23rd April to be the targeted date for the fight, which will take place on English soil. Even though a venue has not been confirmed yet, Queensbury Promotion chief Frank Warren has named Wembley Stadium in London, capable of holding 80k spectators, as a possible choice.
A day after the purse bid win by his team, Tyson Fury took to Twitter to share a clip of him which was recorded while the Briton was out for a run, and the out of breath heavyweight champ openly said that he was going to deliver a KO to Whyte this April.
“Dillian Whyte, I’m going to knock you out, sucker,” Fury said in the clip.
I’M GONNA KNOCK YOU OUT @DillianWhyte pic.twitter.com/pqAdMNibpT
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) January 29, 2022
Eddie Hearn says Tyson Fury is opting for less money but tougher fight for picking Whyte over Usyk
Even though many would consider Fury to be the outright favourite against Whyte, especially after his back-to-back thrashing of Wilder, Matchroom MD Eddie Hearn feels otherwise and says Whyte will be a tough challenge for Fury, even tougher than a potential undisputed championship clash against undisputed champion Oleksandr Usyk, which would have carried a higher fight purse for him.
“It’s very dangerous for Tyson Fury, especially after all this because sometimes when you lose that opportunity,” Hearn told Pro Boxing Fans, “He [Fury] could have fought for undisputed [against Oleksandr Usyk], and then he could have fought AJ. Instead, he’s fighting Dillian Whyte for much less money in a really tough fight, and Dillian will fancy it; he really fancies it. We’ll see.” [H/T BoxingNews24.com]
- WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury vows to knock out interim champion Dillian Whyte in their upcoming title unification clash this 23rd April
- Fury vs Whyte had won a record $40 million purse bid jointly by Top Rank and Queensberry Promotions