At long last Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte is OFFICIALLY ON and one of the biggest fights in British boxing history will take place in April.
On Friday January 28, Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions won the purse bid to stage the world heavyweight title showdown with a massive bid of $41.025million – shattering the previous record of $32.1million set in 1990 when the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas won the right to stage the ‘Buster’ Douglas vs Evander Holyfield showdown.
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom lost out in the bidding war for the all-British superfight, after bidding $32,222,222 – which also would have broken the previous record.
Fury vs Whyte will take place on Saturday April 23, 2022 at London’s Wembley Stadium – which holds 90,000 fans for big boxing events like this.
Ring walks are likely to take place between 2200-2300 local time – that will be 1700-1800 Eastern Time in the United States, or 1400-1500 Pacific Time.
Fury vs Whyte TV channel & live stream
As the purse bid was won by Queensberry in conjunction with Top Rank, that tells us where the bout will land in terms of TV coverage.
In the UK the fight will be a pay-per-view affair on BT Sport Box Office – which has aired all of Fury’s bouts in recent years. The cost will be £24.95.
In the United States the bout will land on ESPN, also as a PPV. Fury has a major contract with the ‘Worldwide Leader’ which is believed to be worth in the region of £80million. The PPV will retail for $69.99.
This of course means that streaming service DAZN – with whom Hearn and Matchroom have an exclusive partnership globally – is on the outside looking in for this superfight.
Bar those wins over Wilder, the best result on Fury’s resume is the first time he won a world heavyweight title – dethroning long-time Wladimir Klitschko in his adopted back yard of Germany in late 2015. Fury produced an incredible boxing performance to completely befuddle Wladimir en route to a convincing points victory.
That fight of course would be the last time Fury would step in a professional ring for almost three years. He took a long hiatus from boxing as he battled serious mental health issues. At times he considered suicide and he ballooned in weight to more than 400lbs.
But with the support of his family – led by wife Paris – he would begin a comeback in 2018 which led him to that terrific series of fights with Wilder. Tyson and Paris now have six children together.
Dillian Whyte record and profile
Dillian Whyte, known as ‘The Body Snatcher’, finally gets his shot at world-title glory in this massive showdown with Fury.
Whyte has been waiting several years for his title opportunity during two spells as mandatory challenger for the World Boxing Council (WBC). On the first occasion he was on the brink of facing Fury when he was knocked out in stunning fashion by Russian veteran Alexander Povetkin at Matchroom Fight Camp in August 2020. He avenged that defeat by battering Povetkin into retirement in the rematch on Gibraltar in March 2021.
Dillian was born in Jamaica on April 11, 1988 and his now 33 years of age. He fights out of Brixton, London and has a professional record of 28-2 – 28 victories and two defeats in 30 fights. A total of 19 of his wins have come inside distance.
Whyte’s two defeats to date have both come against top-level opposition and former world champions. First he was defeated by Anthony Joshua in a huge all-British showdown of undefeated fighters in December 15. Then came that stunning KO by Povetkin just under five years later.
Dillian has faced a string of elite fighters en route to that 28-2 record and his list of opponents is an impressive one.
Among others he has so far defeated Povetkin, Dereck Chisora, Joseph Parker, Oscar Rivas and Robert Helenius – all top-15 heavyweights in their day.
What does this fight mean for Fury vs Joshua?
Whisper it quietly, but the potential for Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua to finally happen is with us once again. Effectively we are back to where we were last September, at the semi-final stage with each man needing to win one fight to make this happen.
Right now, this is the scenario for Fury and Joshua to finally meet inside a ring:
Fury defeats Whyte in their April 23 showdown.
Joshua defeats Usyk in their rematch, likely in May 2022.
If those two things happen, then Fury and Joshua would again annex all of the world heavyweight titles, and a mouthwatering showdown for all of the marbles would be back on the cards.
Remember that the pair had agreed to meet in Saudi Arabia last August (a record $155million site fee had been agreed). But then Wilder scuppered that by winning an arbitration ruling to force his trilogy fight with Fury.