in 2 days Fury had eyed a unification showdown with the man who holds the other heavyweight belts, Oleksandr Usyk, but both Whyte and Anthony Joshua rejected step-aside money.
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With Usyk and Joshua set to face off once again this summer, it left WBC interim champion Whyte with the chance to take on Fury and finally get his shot at a world title.
Whyte has not fought since dispatching of Alexander Povetkin in their rematch last March.
This heavyweight title fight will take place on Saturday, April 23.
The massive all-British clash will take place in front of a crowd which is set to surpass 90,000 at Wembley Stadium.
The undercard action starts from 6pm while Fury vs Whyte is confirmed to begin from 10pm.
Fury, 33, is the younger man by eight months and has a height advantage over Whyte, who turned 34 in April.
Fury stands at 6ft 9 inches has a reach of 85 inches, while Whyte is 6ft 4 inches and has a 78 inch reach.
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Fury is also set to be the heavier, having weighed it at 277 lbs (19st 11lbs) for his last fight against Wilder, while Whyte weighed in for his last fight against Povetkin at 247 lbs (17st 9lbs 3oz).
Fury has never been beaten as a professional with the only minor blemish on his record a draw in his first fight with Wilder. Of his 31 wins, 22 have come by knockout.
Whyte, meanwhile, has two losses to his name in 30 pro bouts. The first of which came against Anthony Joshua in 2015 and the second was inflicted by Alexander Povetkin, which Whyte has since avenged in a rematch.
Finally, with a week to go before the fight, Whyte has spoken out.
Whyte said: →I am very confident in beating him. It will be good to shut a few people up man.
→It will mean everything to me. I am a guy who as a kid had no future, no education, no family. I am a survivor. I have been on the streets since I was a child.
→I have come from nothing. I had no backing, no support and I didn’t even go to school, so I did not do sports at school.
→For someone like me to come from where I have come from and to be world heavyweight champion of the world, that is true inspiration. That is real inspiration. Not someone who has come from a boxing family, or someone who has gone to the Olympics and been in the Olympic bubble.
→I was a thug on the street who could knock people out and I decided I can’t afford to go to jail so I need to do something else. So, I did this and got better and better, but I am under no illusions.
→I don’t go around and say I am the greatest. I know what I am and I know what I bring. I have a lot of pain and frustration to take out on someone.”
Ben Davison was in Fury’s corner for his first fight against Wilder and was credited with helping him turn his life and boxing career around.
He is backing Fury to win but has outlined how Whyte can cause him trouble:
→It’s important that he [Whyte] uses his jab, he cannot neglect his jab.
→If he’s just left hook happy. Do you not think Tyson’s too experienced for that? He needs to use his jab, he needs to switch his attacks up.
→If Dillian Whyte is consistently jabbing through the middle, jabbing at the chest, jabbing at the body, he can then use them punches to disguise his left hook. I think it’s important that he mixes things up.
→There’s moments that Dillian Whyte needs to go first. Then he can switch it up and that will encourage Tyson to then switch it up and go first.
→He can then switch up and go on the counter. He needs to be versatile because Tyson’s so versatile and he will click on to whatever it is that Dillian’s doing if he becomes too predictable and then he’ll have a hard time doing anything.
→If Dillian Whyte comes out and lands a good left hook and just keeps looking for that left hook, he’s not going to find it.”