Boxing champion Fury wants to say goodbye to the ring by defending the belt against Whyte

Updates: 22.04.2022 10:43

LONDON (Reuters) – British boxer Tyson Fury will defend the WBC heavyweight title against compatriot Dillian Whyte in front of more than 94,000 spectators at Wembley on Saturday. The eccentric “Gypsy King” wants to say goodbye to the ring undefeated, insisting that the London duel will be his last in his career.

“I’ll leave healthy and whole. Undefeated. Be sure to watch, because after this you’ll never see the great Gypsy King in action again. That’s right,” said Fury, 33, who has 31 victories and one draw in the professional ring.

Originally, Fury sought a so-called unification duel with compatriot Anthony Joshua, but he lost the remaining belts of the main organizations WBA, IBF and WBO last September after the defeat by the Ukrainian challenger Alexander Usyk.

The World Boxing Council notified him of the mandatory challenger in December, and even though Whyte does not have a name like Joshua, Saturday’s duel will be $ 41 million. The distribution of the generous reward will be significantly more advantageous for Fury, who will receive 80 percent.

Fury will be boxing at home for the first time since 2018 and for the first time since 2019 with someone other than Deontay Wilder. He fought an attractive trilogy of fights with American Wilder, and in the latter in October in Las Vegas, he defended his WBC belt with a knockout in the 11th round.

The reigning champion is the favorite in the fight with Whyt, but he does not underestimate the opponent – his former sparring partner. “If I don’t give a hundred percent performance, that guy will kick my soul. I have to be in shape to beat him, and he has to do his best to beat me. He definitely deserves a lot of respect, and that’s exactly what I have for him,” Fury said.

Thirty-four-year-old Whyte is not well known outside Britain, and if he retired with a champion victory, he could make a name for himself in the boxing world at an advanced age. “I’m not afraid to take risks. I’ve risked my whole life, so that’s nothing new,” said Whyte, who became a father at 13, comes from a gangster background and has a two-year doping distance. “Fighting for the world title in my homeland means everything to me. Wembley is a short distance from where I come from. I’m ready for a good ride,” said Whyte, who has a 28-win (19-ko) and two-loss record.

Source: České noviny – sport by

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