Now, Tony Bellew has warned Fury ‘he will have to get off the floor’ against the Bodysnatcher.
The Gypsy King defends his WBC heavyweight title against Whyte on April 23 at Wembley Stadium, and Bellew thinks boxing fans may be in for a shock as he believes Whyte could knock Fury out.
Many expect Fury to make light work of fellow Brit Whyte, but the Evertonian believes the latter may have what it takes to defeat the undefeated champ.
Bellew said on The Sports Bar: “Dillian Whyte is a hard night for anybody. Anybody who thinks Dillian Whyte is going to be an easy fight is a fool… he’s big, he’s dangerous, he’s brave and he can punch. All those attributes will cause problems for anyone.
“And Tyson knows it too, he’s no fool, but with Tyson’s boxing ability, if he navigates his way through the first six, I expect him to come on strong in the second half of the fight.
“But, believe you me, I actually think he’s going to have to get off the floor.
“Dillian Whyte is game as anything and he will jump all over Tyson Fury. He won’t care about the showboating, the dancing around, the drop of the hand.
“He also won’t get in Dillian’s head… Tyson can’t break Dillian’s mindset. Dillian is a tough, rough, hard kid.
“I think it’s a really, really good fight. I’m not saying Dillian’s going to knock Tyson Fury out because that would be a stupid statement, but I will say this much, it wouldn’t surprise me if he did.
“It’s a really hard night’s work for Tyson Fury. He might not want to admit this but he knows it.”
Bellew may not be completely wrong as Whyte has built up a considerable reputation in the UK boxing scene, with just two defeats in his career so far, these defeats coming against Alexander Povetkin and Anthony Joshua.
Whyte took his time when it came to signing the contract for the fight, waiting until a couple of hours before the deadline to sign his £8m deal. The decision to delay the signing of the contract was a sign of the mind games we will be seeing all the way up to the first bell between the pair.
Fury made light of the apparent mind games behind the delaying of the contract signing, saying: “My head hurts from all the mind games Dillian Whyte has been playing on me. Oh my god. I’m so sore I don’t know whether I’m coming or going, my training’s camp a mess.”
We are in for a thriller on April 23 at Wembley when these two fighters step into the ring.