Dillian Whyte makes Wladimir Klitschko comparison ahead of Tyson Fury fight

  • Tom Ward

Dillian Whyte has reminded his critics that Tyson Fury failed to show up for a press conference to promote his planned rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.

The Body Snatcher will look to end his former sparring partner’s reign as unified heavyweight world champion on Saturday night in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London, England.

Whyte, 34, has faced criticism for his apparent refusal to take part in any media duties in the weeks leading up to the fight.

However, he insists that he hasn’t done anything wrong, as he claims that there is nothing in his contract telling him otherwise.

Whyte told the BT Sport Boxing YouTube channel: “People forget Tyson Fury didn’t turn up to the Wladimir Klitschko press conference.

“Everyone’s giving me stick but Tyson Fury didn’t actually turn up to the Wladimir Klitschko press conference.

“He was contractually obliged to go to that – I weren’t.

“I wasn’t contractually obliged to go to any press conference with him.”

Boxing – Dillian Whyte Press Conference – Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel, London, Britain – October 28, 2021 Dillian Whyte during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Fury’s promoter Frank Warren, however, vehemently disagrees, as he believes Whyte has received some bad advice from his representatives.

Speaking recently to talkSPORT, he said: “They had a smoking gun so that smoking gun has been fired, we’ve sold the tickets, that has really backfired in a big way and it’s a shame because we wanted them to be there.

“We wanted to see Dillian Whyte, irrespective of being total unprofessional in the way he’s behaving to help promote this fight.

“The fact is it will be a good fight, he’s a good challenge for Tyson and I’m sure it’s a big moment for him all this time after he’s been waiting and by the way it’s not my fault he’s been waiting.

“He’s been with Matchroom, they had the world champion for god knows how long so don’t hold us accountable for all the problems that he’s experienced.

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“This is a guy who’s been bleating, saying he’s been there in the position for 1200 days whatever it is and he’s got a problem with the WBC which is not my problem, and that’s between them and for them to resolve.

“In the meantime he participated in the purse bid where the percentages were agreed and the bids went in based upon that so everyone knew what they were getting into and afterwards to try and renegotiate after a purse bid, I’ve never heard anything like it.

“It’s so ridiculous what they’ve done, him and his team, he’s badly advised and if he’s making the final decision then he’s plain stupid.”

BT Sport Box Office will show Fury v Whyte exclusively live on Saturday 23rd April from 6pm. For more information go to bt.com/sportboxoffice

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