Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte finally came face-to-face on Wednesday after months of back-and-forth on social media ahead of their WBC heavyweight title fight.
Fury and Whyte met earlier today for a pre-fight press conference before they went head-to-head at Wembley Stadium, the same venue that will play host to their fight and 94,000 fans on Saturday night.
During the meeting, both men were surprisingly calm and carried that energy into their face-off.
Whyte has for the most part shunned the media ahead of the biggest fight of his life and received heavy criticism for doing so after skipping a previous press conference and Tuesday’s open workout.
‘The Body Snatcher’ has been chasing a shot at the WBC heavyweight title for years. Whyte became the number one contender with the organisation in 2017 but has been until to get his chance at the world title, until now.
Even after his shot was secured it seemed like Whyte may withdraw from the bout with Fury due to disagreements about money.
A purse bid took place and was won by Hall of Fame boxing promoter Frank Warren with a record bid of $41million (£30.6million) – the biggest purse bid in boxing history.
Despite believing he is worth more, Whyte will make a career-high £7.4 million in his maiden world title shot. Meanwhile, Fury is set to earn £22 million to defend his title this weekend.
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In a surprise twist, 10 per cent of Warren’s winning purse bid has been held back and whoever is victorious in this battle of British heavyweights will walk away with an extra £3.1 million in bonus money.
“We’ve worked hard in the gym, I believe in myself and I’m willing to do whatever it takes,” Whyte said.
“Victory by any means necessary I’ll do that. I’m not scared to take risks, it’s nothing new.
“It means everything to fight in my home country for the world title. It’s massive.
“Me and him didn’t expect to be here, especially me. I’ve taken risks time and time and time again. I’m ready to rock and roll.”
Fury made the first defence of his title by beating Deontay Wilder in the 11th round of a memorable trilogy fight last October and the Briton insisted he has left no stone unturned in his preparation to face Whyte.
“Dillian’s a good fighter, he’s big, strong, tough, game, he’s got good punch power that’s knocked out a lot of men,” Fury said.
“He’s got a lot of experience in the fight game.
“He’s definitely a man that needs a lot of respect and that’s what I’ve given him.
“I’ve done everything I can possibly do to train for this. I’ve trained as hard for Dillian as I have for Wilder. He’ll be fighting the best Tyson Fury.”
talkSPORT will bring you live coverage of the huge heavyweight world title fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday night, with our coverage starting from 7.30pm and featuring expert ringside analysis from Ben Davison
Source: Culled From Talksport.