The two Brits will do battle on April 23 at Wembley Stadium, with Fury’s WBC heavyweight title up for grabs.
But Whyte, 34, has refused to have any part in promoting the highly-anticipated fight, according to Fury’s UK co-promoter Frank Warren.
In typical fashion, the Gypsy King could not resist poking fun at his British rival.
Last night, Fury photoshopped a picture of Whyte so it looks like he is wearing a pair of white knickers, posting on Twitter: “Frilly-in (Frillian) Whyte Knickers Dillian Whyte.”
And while Fury admits he was disappointed Whyte didn’t show up, he believes he has already won the battle of mind games anyway.
Fury, 33, told reporters: “He’s very lucky to be in my era. The only thing he’s ever won has been a British title and he’s been banging on about how we are all scared of him.
“I’ve given him a new name anyway, he’s called Frillian Whyte-knickers. It’s Frillian Whyte-knickers because he’s as soft as it says in the title.
“He has definitely shown the white flag today. All this social media stuff about how ‘I’m not promoting the fight and not getting involved in mind games’.
“Before, whenever I said stuff about Dillian Whyte he always fired back and gets all upset and he causes a ruckus.
“Now he’s given me that much more confidence, it’s unbelievable.”
Promoter Warren meanwhile labelled Whyte’s absence ‘disgraceful’.
He added: “I’ve never heard of a fighter not showing up to a press conference.
“He’s getting eight times more than Tyson got to fight Klitschko, he’s getting more than Joshua got paid to fight Martin, he’s getting more than Usyk got to fight Joshua.
“Champions bank on themselves to win, that’s what they do to become the king: you win the title, you get the money.
“It’s just not right, we are where we are but Dillian Whyte is in Portugal, he should be here.
“It’s disgraceful that he’s not here, it’s not professional.”