Gypsy King WBC World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury will defend his title against mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte at the boxing event at Wembley Stadium in London, UK on April 23, 2022.
Keep on reading to get all the details on the Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte boxing event.
Tyson Fury will finally return home when he faces the WBC mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte for his WBC and The Ring Heavyweight titles on April 23.
Fury recently ended his epic trilogy with Deontay Wilder, and ever since Fury and Whyte’s camp have been trying to get on the same page over the purse for this bout. Whyte was sticking to his guns to demand $10 million for this bout while Fury’s promoters were only willing to go as far as $5 million. After negotiations failed, a purse big was ordered with an 80:20 split in favor of Fury. The bid was won by Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions for a total of $41 million.
Dillian Whyte spent his last few years as either top-ranked or as the mandatory challenger for the WBC Heavyweight title. Whyte lost WBC Interim Heavyweight title to Povetkin in August 2020. He won the title back from Povetkin in his last bout in March 2021.
On the other hand, Tyson Fury is coming off a couple of wins against Deontay Wilder. Wilder and Fury fought to a split decision draw in their first bout before Fury won the second one to win the WBC title. He then retained the title in the trilogy bout.
Dillian Whyte is considered a formidable challenger for Fury. But does he have what it takes to dethrone the Gypsy King?
Tale of the Tape
|Boxer Name||Tyson Fury||Dillian Whyte|
|NickName||The Gypsy King||The Body Snatcher|
|Height||6’9 (206 cm)||6′4 (193 cm)|
|Reach||85″ (216 cm)||78 (198 cm)|
Undercard (Fight Card)
- Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte – 12 rounds bout for Fury’s WBC Heavyweight title
- Ekow Essuman(c) vs Darren Tetley – 12 rounds IBF European, Commonwealth British Empire, BBBofC British Welterweight title bout
- Isaac Lowe vs Nick Ball – 12 rounds WBC Silver Featherweight title bout
- David Adeleye vs Chris Healey – 8 rounds Heavyweight bout
- Tommy Fury vs Daniel Bocianski – 6 rounds Light Heavyweights bout
- Karol Itauma vs Michal Ciach – 6 rounds Light Heavyweight bout
- Kurt Walker vs Stefan Nicolae – 4 rounds Super Featherweight bout
- Royston Barney-Smith vs Constantin Radoi – 4 rounds Super Featherweight bout
News & Updates
Mar 27, 2021: Dillian Whyte regained his WBC mandatory challenger status by defeating Alexander Povetkin and winning the Interim WBC Heavyweight title.
Oct 9, 2021: Tyson Fury retained WBC World Heavyweight Championship against Deontay Wilder via 11th round KO.
Dec 7, 2021: WBC issued an order Tuesday for the open negotiating period to begin for this fight. Whyte reportedly declined a $5.5 million payday for the fight as he was gunning for $10 million minimum.
Dec 30, 2021: WBC approved an 80/20 purse split for the purse bid ordered for January 11, 2022.
Jan 9, 2022: Purse bid got delayed for one week until January 18, 2022, as Whyte went into arbitration against WBC against 80/20 split in Fury’s favor and was asking for 55/45 split which has been the case for Interim title holders.
Jan 17, 2022: Purse bid got delayed until January 21.
Jan 21, 2022: Purse bid got delayed until January 26.
Jan 26, 2022: The purse bid got delayed one more time at the request from both camps. Tyson Fury got an offer to face WBO, WBA & IBF Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk for an undisputed title unification bout in the middle east for a $155 million bid. Fury was looking for Whyte to step aside as the mandatory challenger while Usyk was looking for the same from Anthony Joshua.
Jan 28, 2022: Negotiations with Joshua and Whyte failed and Fury vs Whyte went into purse bid. Queensbury Promotions of Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren won the bid at $41,025,000. Whyte got $7,384,500 guaranteed while Fury got $29,538,500.
Feb 12, 2022: As Dillian Whyte stalled signing the formal contract for the bout, Fury told media that his old sparring partner would be an idiot if he pulls out of the fight as he is getting $8 million, which is 8 times more than what Fury himself got to face Wladimir Klitschko.
Feb 17, 2022: WBC announced that a special “Union Belt” will be given to the winner of this bout as a special trophy.
Feb 21, 2022: Dillian Whyte signed the contract to make the fight official.
Feb 22, 2022: Tyson Fury will fight as the overseas boxer in this bout as he is licensed with Nevada State Athletic Commission, and will not re-apply for a British license.
Feb 25, 2022: The fight is announced to take place at Wembley Stadium in London, UK.
Mar 7, 2022: In an interview with Carl Frampton on a BT Sport, Fury refuted Whyte’s claim that he used to bash and drop Fury in their sparring sessions. Fury said, “There were times when he couldn’t defend himself. There were times where we had to stop the sparring.”
Mar 8, 2022: Frank Warren said that the bout between Fury and Spence will not have British Judges and will have neutral judges.
Mar 10, 2022: Fury said Whyte should be sending him gifts since he is getting all this money because of him. He also questioned what he’s done to think that.
Mar 27, 2022: Isaac Love is announced for the undercard.
Mar 31, 2022: Jarrell Miller was roped in by Fury as his sparring partner after Jared Anderson pulled out due to an injury.
Apr 8, 2022: Fury’s regular cutman Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran is not able to attend the event and has been replaced by British cornerman Frank Hopkins.
April 14, 2022: Tyson Fury said in Zoom Call with media, “Dillian Whyte not getting involved has shown that I am in his mind already. He has stayed away and stayed quiet because he thinks it will stop that. But I know he has been thinking hard about me.”
April 14, 2022: Dillian Whyte said he is also the reason why Wembley is sold out for their fight on April 23. “Tyson Fury fought Deontay Wilder, this big superstar and none of those fights sold out. It’s not just the Tyson Fury show. It’s the Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte show.”
April 21, 2022: Tyson Fury said in the press conference that Everybody Is Underestimating How Good Of A Fight This Is Gonna Be as any fighter could win with just one punch.
April 22, 2022: Fury weighed in at 263 lbs and Whyte weighed in at 253 lbs in the official weigh-in before the fight.