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Preview: Tyson Fury fights Dillian Whyte in all-British affair tonight

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Fury and Whyte are all set for their Battle of Britain showdown
Fury and Whyte are all set for their Battle of Britain showdown
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The all-British blockbuster heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte comes off tonight.

The unbeaten Fury puts his WBC crown on the line against his fellow countryman, having destroyed Deontay Wilder in their trilogy bout in Las Vegas last October.

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.

READ ALSO: Tyson Fury sets date for retirement from boxing

With Usyk and Joshua set to face off once again this summer, it left WBC interim champion Whyte, 34, with the chance to take on Fury, 33, and finally get his shot at a world title.

Whyte has not fought since beating Alexander Povetkin in their rematch last March.

Now, the two domestic rivals will meet in London in an epic showdown.

Fury vs Whyte: Date and start time

  • This heavyweight title fight will take place on Saturday, April 23
  • The massive all-British clash will take place in front of a record crowd of 94,000 at Wembley Stadium
  • The undercard action starts from 6pm
  • Fury vs Whyte ring walks are confirmed to start at 9.45pm
  • The first bell for the main event will be no later than 10.10pm

What's at stake

Irrespective of Sunday's outcome, Tyson Fury will step aside from the ring after having stamped his mark across the heavyweight boxing timeline.

Having previously held the unified WBA (Super), IBF and WBO heavyweight and The Ring titles with his win over Vladimir Kitschko in 2015, Fury raised the bar with his triumph over Wilder in 2020.

With his second The Ring title triumph, Fury became just the third heavyweight boxer after Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali to hold the championship twice.

On the other hand, Whyte "The Body Snatcher" will aim to make the most of his shot at becoming the next 'lineal' boxing champion. While Fury's aggression and technical supremacy places him ahead, Whyte can prove to be lethal if the champion's game-plan smells of the slightest frailty.

Tyson Fury: "He's a good fighter. He's a good, strong, solid man. He's big, he's strong, he's tough, he's game, he's got a good punch on him, he's knocked out a lot of men. He's got a lot of experience in the fight game, he was also a kickboxer and an MMA man, so he's definitely a man that needs a lot of respect.

"I've trained as hard for Dillian as I did for (Deontay) Wilder or (Wladimir) Klitschko or anybody. So he'll be fighting the best Tyson Fury. I'm in great shape, I've had good sparring, I've had good food, I've drunk my water and had my vitamins so there's no excuses from me. I'm injury free and that's it."

Dillian Whyte: "I'm willing to do whatever it takes. Victory by any means necessary, I'll do that. I'm not scared to take risks. I've taken risks all my life. It means everything to fight in my home country for the world title. It's massive. I'm not scared to take risks, I've taken risks my whole life so it's nothing new. I'm ready to rock and roll."