Via Barry Holbrook: Tony Bellew confirmed that Dillian Whyte will appear in next month’s bout against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on April 23 at Wembley Stadium in London, UK.
Bellew thinks Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) even though he was absent to start the promotion with Fury.
At this point, there are a lot of boxing fans who don’t know if 34-year-old Whyte will make an appearance tonight, as it will be his last passive-aggressive move if he chooses not to show up. .
Unfortunately for Whyte, if he doesn’t show up, he won’t get paid and he’ll waste all his time waiting to get a title.
That was supposed to be the 1200 days Whyte had to wait as the No. 1 challenger to WBC before he finally had a chance to fight for the WBC title against Fury.
However, Dillian has not been a required opponent for the past several days as he does not participate in an official WBC title elimination until 2019.
If Whyte fights in a title knockout in 2018, he will certainly fight for a world title ahead of this. Also, Whyte’s knockout loss to Alexander Povetkin in 2020 also slowed things down, something boxing fans often forget.
That knock-out loss to Whyte reportedly set him back a year. If Dillian hadn’t suffered a defeat to Povetkin, he would have likely fought Fury in late 2020 or early 2021 instead of the fight lasting until 2022. Whose fault is that?
Bellew says Dillian will be there for the fight
“Whyte will be there on fight week and that’s all that matters to him,” Tony Bellew told DAZN Boxing Show. “In Whyte’s mind, all he thinks about is the fight and getting into the ring on April 23.
“He’s not a promoter’s fighter, he’s not a BT Sport fighter, and he’s made it clear that he’s not happy with the split,” Bellew said.
“If that’s how he wants to approach the game to give him the best chance of winning, then everyone should respect that. That might be his only shot,” Bellew said.
We’ll have to inform Bellew that Whyte will be there for the battle on April 23. Hopefully Whyte doesn’t choose to extend a night’s absence, as that would be a real disaster. Will Dillian ever be awarded another world champion title after something like that?
Fury prevents Whyte from predicting Warren
“In matches like this, anything can happen. Guys give it a go and it’s a great opportunity for Dillian Whyte,” Frank Warren told iFL TV. “He has waited over a thousand and twelve hundred days for this opportunity and now he has it.
“He has his background and he is with the biggest heavyweights of the generation so far. How do I see the fight unfold? I’m just looking at skill sets. I looked at Tyson’s skill set. Tyson is a boxer who can hit the box.
“He has shown in recent matches that he can stand and punch, he can take a punch and has good rebound, he has fast arms and great footwork, and switch attacks. So he is a nightmare for anyone, no doubt about that.
“If you look at the matches, it’s comparable that both have no opponents. Perhaps Derek Chisora is the one to come to mind. Tyson fought him twice and defeated Derek twice. In the recent skirmish, he defeated him quite convincingly [in 2014] and stop him [in the 10th round].
“I watch the battles with Derek and Dillian, and I feel like Derek won the first one [in 2016]. In the second one, he [Whyte] behind and pulled it out of his pocket and stopped him [in the 11th round in 2018].
“He can punch and hook well, there’s no doubt about that,” Warren said of the positives Whyte brought to his fight with Fury on April 23.
“I just feel that I don’t think anyone can live with Tyson Fury right now. I really mean that. I think Tyson Fury is a very, very special strongman. I think he will get to him and will stop him,” Warren said.
“It’s a record gate for Wembley, not just for boxing but for any event,” Warren said. ”
“He’s done brilliantly, he’s done well, and we’ve worked well with him,” Warren said of the success Fury has had in recent years.
“He’s the most recognizable athlete in this country, without a doubt, and is truly popular around the world as well as in the United States,” Warren said.
Dillian received a record wallet
“He had the opportunity to sign with Tyson. We’re both talking to him, what was that 4 years ago, and Tyson has come back to us,” Warren continued. “He wanted to bring him back and put him straight into pay-per-view. We brought him back and we rebuilt him, we rebuilt his profile.
“We got him into BT and they have the highest number of watching any sport outside of the premier league on BT ever, a huge record number. And then in a couple of games we got him a world title against Wilder.
“Again, those are big, big viewing numbers. We’ve built his name in the US and landed a record deal with ESPN and Top Rated for his games in the US. There were a few warmups, two great fights with Wilder, rematches. I mean, excellent battles, battles you’ll never forget.
“We’ve brought him back to the UK now, selling record tickets, the highest grossing event in Wembley history of any event.
“That tells you all you need to know and that’s good advertising. That’s what we did. Can anyone do it better? I do not know? At the same time, Dillian Whyte sat for 1200 days, waiting for the promoter he was traveling with to give him injections. What did he do with it? We did it really quickly with Tyson.
“Now, thanks to us, Dillian is getting the title and he is getting a record amount of money, thanks to us. Warren said.