Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte fight prediction, odds, undercard, start time, preview, live stream, expert pick
Tyson Fury makes the second defend of his heavyweight world title tonight when he takes on fellow Brit Dillian Whyte.
Fury won his belt in 2020 when he stopped Deontay Wilder in their rematch before putting a concussive end to their trilogy with another victory last October.
Whyte was first named as the WBC's mandatory challenger almost 1,700 days ago but has been made to wait impatiently for his shot at glory.
The undercard features a British and Commonwealth title fight as well as the return of Tommy Fury who returns having pulled out of his fight with Jake Paul last year.
The main event is due to start at 10pm and will be live on BT Sport Box Office - and you can follow all the action right here...
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.
The fight will mark the first time Fury is fighting anyone else other than former champion Deontay Wilder since 2019. It will also mark the first time Fury returns to fight in the U.K. since a 2018 win over Francesco Pianeta in Northern Ireland.
"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.
"That's why I've given all this training camp we've had. I've had everything I can possibly do to train for this. I've haven't left any stones unturned. I've trained as hard for Dillian as I have for Wilder or [Wladimir] Klitschko."
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Fury had hope to be fighting unified champion Oleksandr Usyk to open 2022 in a four-belt undisputed title bout, but both Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) and former champion Anthony Joshua, who's expected to rematch Usyk this summer, both turned down step-aside money to clear the way.
Instead, the 34-year-old Whyte is expected to bring a sturdy challenge to the 6-foot-9 Fury thanks to his 6-foot-4 frame, durability and punching power. Whyte, who was born in Jamaica before emigrating to England, is 12-1 since a 2015 knockout loss to Joshua and avenged the one defeat -- a devastating 2020 knockout at the hands of Alexander Povetkin -- by finishing him in their rematch five months later.
Whyte has been a sparring partner of Fury in the past and gained the champion's respect throughout a series of difficult victories on the way up the ladder to title contention against the likes of Dereck Chisora (twice), Robert Helenius, Lucas Browne, Oscar Rivas, Mariusz Wach and former champion Joseph Parker.
"[Whyte] is a good fighting man. The fans are in for a real treat," Fury said. "I know Dillian. I know him personally, and he knows me. And we're going to rock n' roll on fight night. We're ready to throw down and treat us all to a hell of a barnstorm."
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.
"There was no strategy [in skipping the press conference,]" Whyte said. "There are two sides to his story. You only hear one side of the story because one side says a lot of things. Because I didn't say anything, everyone was saying 'you're scared' and 'you're hiding.' I ain't scared of shit. I ain't hiding from shit. Stuff needed to get done.
"[The fight] means everything. It's massive. It's a moment I've been waiting for. It's 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."
Just below the main event is a very U.K. heavy card with a lot of names fans in the U.S. have yet to see. Ekow Essuman takes on Darren Tetley with the "Commonwealth, British and IBF European" welterweight titles on the line. Isaac Lowe is set to take on Nick Ball for the vacant "WBC silver" featherweight title. David Adeleye and Chris Healey meet at heavyweight. And the biggest name on the undercard is Tyson Fury's half brother Tommy, who returns in a light heavyweight bout against Daniel Bocianski.
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.