Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte will both look to unify the WBC Heavyweight Championship on the biggest stage London has to offer on Saturday.
The current WBC and The Ring heavyweight titleholder Fury (31-0-1) looks to continue his long, unbeaten streak against interim champ Whyte (28-2) in front of almost 100,000 in the famous Wembley Stadium.
Fury, considered to also be the “lineal” heavyweight champion, has held the WBC belt again since defeating Deontay Wilder in 2020. The upcoming fight with Whyte will be the first bout he hasn’t fought Wilder since 2019. But now, the epic trilogy is finished and the heavyweight boxing world can move on. The trilogy ended with a Fury KO win last October.
Targeted fights with Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk did not come to fruition over the last year. Fury and Joshua were supposed to fight last year, but due to contractual obligations including a rematch clause, Fury was back in the ring with Wilder instead, forcing the Joshua bout to be canceled.
As for Usyk, the Ukrainian initially returned to his home country in response to the Russian invasion. But since then has left to train for his upcoming rematch with Joshua, who he beat by decision last September.
But Fury vs Whyte is the biggest heavyweight fight for boxing at the moment.
How to watch Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte
- When: Undercard 1 p.m.; Fury-Whyte expected at around 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23
- Where: Wembley Stadium in London
- Viewing info: ESPN+ PPV
Two British fighters in front of a sold-out crowd in London at an iconic stadium is as big as a show can get. Plus, Fury has talked about retiring after this bout, which brings another element to the draw. Will he actually retire and miss out on big fights against Joshua and Usyk in the future? Many are skeptical.
Along with two wins over Wilder, Fury has notable victories against Wladimir Klitschko, Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin. Fury is a durable fighter with a great chin and obvious knock-out power given his massive frame. The 6-foot-7, around 278 pound boxer has 22 knockouts in his 31 wins.
But Whyte is known for being an exciting slugger himself and with 19 of his 28 wins coming by knockout, it’s hard to imagine this fight going to the judges. Both men are looking to make the other kiss the canvas on Saturday.
Tale of the tape
Deontay Wilder: W (KO)
|Alexander Povetkin: W (TKO)
Deontay Wilder: W (TKO)
|Alexander Povetkin: L (TKO)
Otto Wallin: W (Dec.)
|Mariusz Wach: W (Dec.)
Tom Schwarz: W (TKO)
|Oscar Rivas: W (Dec.)
Deontay Wilder: Draw
|Derek Chisora: W (KO)
Whyte has recent notable wins over Alexander Povetkin, Mariusz Wach, Oscar Rivas and Derek Chirosa. His only two losses have come from Povetkin and Anthony Joshua.
The build-up for this bout has been interesting and fairly one-sided, to say the least. At the first press conference, Fury was the only one to show. He was also the only one to participate in open workouts this week.
Whyte did show up at this week’s presser and faced off with Fury in what was mostly a peaceful exchange other than the boxers’ teams getting more heated than the boxers themselves.
Make no mistake, Whyte is a great boxer. Both men have paid their dues to be in Wembley on Saturday and both men have earned the belts they carry. Fury is one of the greatest heavyweights in the modern era, if not all time, but Whyte is no sleeper.
But can Fury put Whyte away as promised? Or will Whyte take away the ‘0’ from Fury’s record and deliver the upset? All viewers can do is sit back and expect the fireworks in London on Saturday.
Fury vs. Whyte: Full card with DraftKings betting odds
- Heavyweight: Tyson Fury -550 vs. Dillion Whyte +400
- Light Heavyweight: Tommy Fury -5000 vs. Daniel Bocianski +1300
- Featherweight: Issac Lowe -135 vs. Nick Ball +110
- Heavyweight: David Adeleye -5000 vs. Chris Healey +1400
- Light Heavyweight: Karol Itauma -4000 vs. Michal Ciach +1300
- Super Featherweight: Royson Barney-Smith -5000 vs. Constantin Radoi +1400
- Super Featherweight: Kurt Walker -5000 vs. Stephan Nicolae +1400
- Welterweight: Ekow Essuman -1600 vs. Darren Tetley +850