The bout will set the record for the largest turnout for a fight in the 21st century and the largest in Europe – quite a stage for these two British boxers.
In recent years, the lead-up to certain heavyweight fights has been dominated by bitterness between opposing fighters, but this one is quite different.
There is a clear mutual respect between Fury and Whyte; indeed, at Wednesday’s press conference, Fury alluded to their days together ten years ago, when the pair would go head-to-head in training camps.
A lot has changed since Fury and Whyte were young fighters — “an amazing journey,” as Fury put it — and the two are now the main attraction in one of the greatest nights in boxing history.
“We haven’t done badly, have we?” said Fury.
One man who knows the Mancunian well is former heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, who helped Fury prepare for Saturday’s fight.
“It’s going to be a tough fight, a good fight,” Parker told DailyExpertNews Sport. “Both guys prepared really well… someone is going to be knocked out.”
That ‘someone’, he specifies, is Whyte. “Tyson is going to knock him out in the middle rounds, between five and nine,” added Parker confidently.
Heavyweight boxing has been blessed with countless memorable fights in recent years, with Fury involved in many of the best, and Parker believes Saturday’s fight is “right up there”.
“It’s at the very top.” he says. “Of course the largest audience [in Europe] and you have two top heavyweight fighters going head to head.
“It breaks a lot of records and I think everyone is excited about the buzz it is [the fight] has got.”
Kinahan’s ties to boxing come through his past ties to the agency MTK Global, an organization whose most prestigious client is heavyweight champion Fury. On Wednesday, MTK Global announced that it had ceased operations.
“As a company, we have faced unprecedented levels of unfair scrutiny and criticism since the US government sanction of Daniel Joseph Kinahan,” MTK Global said in a statement.
“It is publicly available that Mr Kinahan’s involvement with MTK ceased in 2017, and despite repeated reassurances in this regard, baseless allegations of his continued cooperation with us and our fighters persist.
“Since leading promoters informed us that they will cut all ties with MTK and no longer work with our fighters, we have made the difficult decision to cease operations at the end of this month.”
Farewell to Fury?
Fury has not fought on British soil since his 2018 wins over Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta.
Since then, he has fought Deontay Wilder in the US three times, drawing once and winning twice, to win and then retain the WBC heavyweight title.
It says something about Fury’s appeal and extraordinary popularity among British boxing fans that the 94,000 tickets to Saturday’s match sold out in a matter of hours when they were released in March.
They didn’t want to pass up the chance for tens of thousands of fans to see Fury fight in real life.
In the years since his last fight in Britain, fans have either stayed up into the early hours to watch his fights or, in the case of some 20,000 die-hards, have traveled to Las Vegas to see them in person. .
But perhaps the reason this battle has captured the nation’s imagination so much is due to the fact that it is increasingly likely that it will be Fury’s last.
At 33, who has reached the boxing top more than once during his illustrious 14-year professional career, the Manchester-born fighter says he will hang up his gloves after Saturday’s match.
When Fury first made the claim at the fight’s reveal press conference in March, most took his words with a grain of salt. There is apparently still so much for Fury to accomplish; a highly anticipated British clash against Anthony Joshua or a World Heavyweight Championship unification fight against Oleksandr Usyk following the Ukrainian’s dismantling of Joshua in September.
However, during Tuesday’s open practice session next to Wembley Stadium, Fury reiterated that claim with more zeal.
“I always intended to run away and here we are, run away. The great Julius Caesar once said, ‘There will always be someone else to fight.’ A million young boys are coming.
“You can’t go on forever, just like Wladimir [Klitschko] couldn’t and Joe Louis, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis for me. Every good dog has his day.”
Those may not have been Caeser’s exact words, but Fury’s claim had a conviction it hadn’t before.
In addition, Parker told DailyExpertNews that he believes Fury is “very sincere” when speaking of his impending retirement.
The Chance of a Puncher
But to say that the anticipation surrounding this fight was solely due to Fury would be doing quite a disservice to Whyte, who most recognize as a dangerous and serious challenger.
Even if he forgets his power and skill, Whyte’s hunger alone makes him a formidable foe. This world title shot has been eagerly anticipated – and well deserved – and the 34-year-old is ready to grab it with both hands, with multiple reports claiming it was by far the most intense training camp of his career.
Oddly enough, Wednesday’s press conference marked the first time these two fighters had come face to face in the lead up to this fight. According to Fury, it was even the first time “in years” that they saw each other in real life.
Whyte had declined to participate in any promotional work — not even showing up at last month’s launch press conference — over a reported dispute over his share of the wallet, among other things.
“There are two sides to every story,” he told the assembled media on Wednesday.
“You often hear one side because they say a lot of things. Because I don’t say anything, they say you’re scared or hiding.’
However, the London-born fighter says the hype surrounding this fight is as much due to him as it is to Fury.
“Tyson Fury is not this huge giant superstar that everyone says he is, he’s not. The fight at Wembley is sold out because it’s Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte, not Tyson Fury and anyone else.”