Tyson Fury On Dillian Whyte No Show For Presser- “Wanker 2022”
On Tuesday afternoon in London, WBC Heavyweight champ Tyson Fury met with the British media (by himself) in advance of his upcoming title defense with top contender Dillian Whyte. That’s because the brooding challenger refused to participate in helping promote their upcoming bout April 23rd in famed Wembley Stadium.
And, the “Gypsy King” had a quick jab/message in response to Whyte not being there for what will be the biggest bout of his career,
Whyte did not to attend today.
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) March 1, 2022
As you can see, Fury wrote plainly about Whyte’s refusal to come to the presser with “White is a Wanker 2022” on the large signature pad just away from the podium.
The unbeaten title holder then proceeded to hold court with those media assembled and his British promoter, Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotions, for about 15 minutes.
“On this big occasion it’s Dillian Whyte’s biggest chance to do his thing. He’s been calling for a world title fight for I don’t know how many years,” Fury said Tuesday.
I thought he would have came here to be part of ‘big time boxing.’ He’s never been involved in a fight of this magnitude, ever. Never likely to be involved in a fight of this magnitude ever again. So, I would have thought that he would have come here, sapped up all the experience, took it all in. This is his ‘moment in the sun….I’m here to be part of ‘big time boxing….’
People don’t remember who the promoter was. People don’t remember who managed the fighters.
People remember the fight and whether it was a good one. And, where it was…..I think it messes up his legacy a little bit as well….he didn’t have any involvement in the buildup. He’ll not be in any photographs. They’ll be no old magazines to look at….
I think it’s a shame not just for him, but for his kids and his family to look back on in time, as well.”
Fury will put his title on the line in his second defense since wiping out former champ Deontay Wilder of the U.S. for the second time last October in Las Vegas.
He’s also the former Undisputed Heavyweight titleholder after having defeated at Wladimir Klitschko by decision in 2015. However, after that upset win, Fury very famously disappeared from the boxing landscape for over two years suffering from depression and drug and alcohol abuse problems. Then, he vacated all of his titles.
Whyte, who previously lost to Anthony Joshua in 2015 non-title battle by KO was last in the ring in March of 2021. That’s when he avenged a KO loss to Russian Alexander Povetkin by beating Povetkin in just two rounds in their rematch.
And, he should be criticized for pouting, instead of promoting, the largest payday of his career.
This is because, while the massive crowd will generate a large ‘live gate” figured for Queensberry’s cost in promoting the bout, it’s the pay per view in the U.K. specifically that will help offset the cost of the guaranteed money that Warren is laying out.
The bout will be offered on BT Sport television PPV in the U.K. and through ESPN+ in the United States.