WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will step back into the ring in April to defend his title against WBC interim champ Dillian Whyte.
Top Rank and Queensberry Promotions are the promoters for the fight, winning a £31 million purse bid. Fury will get 80 per cent with Whyte collecting 20 per cent. Tickets will be available for fans to purchase as soon as Mar. 2 for the April 23 clash at Wembley Stadium. The entire card has not been released as of yet, but will be broadcast live on BT Sport and pay-per-view in North America.
The fight was announced on Feb. 25.
Fury vs. Whyte came together after Fury was unsuccessful in obtaining an undisputed fight with WBA (Super), IBF, and WBO champion Alexander Usyk, who must fight former champion Anthony Joshua.
“Tyson Fury coming home to fight under the arch at Wembley Stadium is a fitting reward for the No.1 heavyweight in the world following his exploits across the Atlantic in his epic trilogy against Deontay Wilder,” Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren said in a press release. “The fact that this mandatory defence of his WBC title comes against another Brit only adds to the occasion. They are two of the biggest characters in British sport and both normally have plenty to say for themselves.”
“It is going to be an incredible night and a huge occasion for sport in this country that will capture the imagination of fans right across the world.”
“Tyson Fury conquered America, and it is only fitting that he defends the heavyweight championship in a packed Wembley Stadium,” Top Rank promoter Bob Arum added. “Dillian Whyte has called for this fight for years, and while he is a deserving challenger, no heavyweight can match ‘The Gypsy King.’ This is going to be a momentous night of boxing with tens of thousands of fans in attendance at Wembley Stadium.”
Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs), 33, is coming off a spectacular rubber match victory over Deontay Wilder last October to win the belt. He will be returning to fight in London for the first time since February 2015.
Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs), 33, recently defeated Alexander Povetkin in March 2021 to avenge a previous upset loss and claim the WBC interim heavyweight title. He had a fight scheduled with Otto Wallin for Oct. 30 2021 but pulled out with a shoulder injury.
The undercard is expected to be announced shortly.