In what he claims will be the final fight of his 14-year career, Tyson Fury will defend his WBC and lineal heavyweight titles on Saturday against interim champion Dillian Whyte in London.
Few, of course, actually believe the 33-year-old Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) will walk away for good, regardless of the outcome. Still, the event is big enough (ESPN+ PPV, 2 p.m. ET) to warrant the attention of the entire sporting world as the two hulking heavyweights square off in their home country in front of a U.K. record crowd of 94,000 at Wembley Stadium.
Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte
“Dillian Whyte is a good fighter,” Fury said at Wednesday’s final press conference. “He is a good, strong, solid man. He’s big, he’s strong [and] he’s tough. He’s game, he’s got good power. He has knocked out a lot of men. He has had a good learning career, as well. He’s got a lot of experience in the fight game. He’s definitely a man that needs a lot of respect.
Whyte has been known for his often cantankerous ways in the past, which have included storming out of press conferences while protesting his purse. He pulled a similar stunt on Feb. 28 by no-showing the kickoff press conference because he was upset at not getting a percentage of the PPV sales as part of his deal.
The purses for this superfight are huge as Fury is expected to make $29.5 million opposite a career-best $7.4 million for Whyte. The winner of the fight will also make an additional $4.1 million, as negotiated by both fighters.
Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte fight prediction
“[The fight] means everything. It’s massive, a moment I’ve been waiting for and a big fight. Like Tyson said, we didn’t expect to be here. But I’m here, but I’ve taken risks time and time again. I’ve had a couple slipups along the way, but I’m here and I’m ready to go. You won’t hear any bullshit from me. I’m ready to go.”
Whyte told reporters he needs to be adaptable in order to defeat the slick Fury, who will hold advantages of five inches in height and another seven inches in reach.
“I’m going to make smart decisions, when I need to do what and how I need to do it, and how I need to approach what I’m doing,” Whyte said. “So that’s it. There’s no strategy here. That’s it. I just need to go in there and do my thing.”
Below is the complete fight card for Saturday in England along with odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Plus, how you can watch the fight before getting to a prediction and pick on the main event.
Fight card, odds
- Tyson Fury (c) -575 vs. Dillian Whyte +425, WBC heavyweight title
- Anthony Cacace vs. Jonathan Romero, junior lightweights
- Isaac Lowe -135 vs. Nick Ball +115, featherweights
- David Adeleye -4000 vs. Chris Healey +1500, heavyweights
- Tommy Fury -2200 vs. Daniel Bocianski +1100, light heavyweights
- Date: April 23 | Start time: 2 p.m. ET (main event around 5 p.m. ET)
- Location: Wembley Stadium — London
- Stream: ESPN+ PPV | Price: $69.99
Whether he gets knocked out trying or eventually delivers the boom himself, Whyte has a decorated history against elite competition of getting inside and turning things into a fight. Given Fury’s pre-fight comments, it’s an inevitability he appears to accept, which is why his predictions have consistently been a knockout.
In many ways, Fury’s third fight against Wilder last fall was the perfect prerequisite for the challenge Whyte brings to the table. Although he entered following an 18-month layoff due to the pandemic and was forced to get up off the canvas twice in a wild Round 4, Fury dug in and stood his ground well against a bigger puncher en route to a violent 11th-round finish.