In what is bound to be one of the biggest boxing events of the year, Dillian Whyte will challenge Tyson Fury on April 23 with the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles being on the line. Fury, who is unbeaten at 31-0-1, is the clear favourite in the eyes of the masses and will also be defending his status as ‘lineal’ heavyweight champion against Whyte (28-2) who most recently beat Alexander Povetkin via TKO to win the WBC interim strap.
A capacity crowd is expected to descend upon the home of English football with the victor being tipped to meet Oleksandr Usyk, if he’s available, later this year.
When discussing the bout during a Twitter Q&A for DAZN, Hearn made it known that he was backing his man to get the job done in the eleventh round.
“He [Whyte] won’t be KO’d,” Hearn said.
“Fury in my opinion doesn’t carry the power to take Dillian Whyte out.
“I believe actually when they trade left hooks Tyson Fury will go to sleep and he will go to sleep in round 11.”
The path of heavyweight adversity
While there’s a lot of talk about how Anthony Joshua fits into this equation, the focus for both Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte is going to be avoiding complacency – which is something they’ve both fallen victim to as of late.
Fury went into his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder knowing that he had the power and precision to knock ‘The Bronze Bomber’ out, but a revitalised Wilder caught him by surprise by dropping ‘The Gypsy King’ on multiple occasions.
Alas, he still managed to get back up and secure the finish, which didn’t quite happen at Matchroom Sport Headquarters for Whyte in his first battle with Povetkin.
He was knocked out cold and had to wait seven months for his revenge. Still, in the present day, Whyte appears to be as confident as ever heading into what can only be described as the biggest night of his career.