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Boxing: All you need to know about Tyson Fury v Dillian Whyte

Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte have agreed to get it on in an all-British blockbuster for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world.

Whyte is the mandatory challenger to Fury's WBC title and the Bodysnatcher has had to wait patiently for his world title shot. The Brixton banger eventually signed on the dotted line, after an extended period of negotiations and both fighters have now agreed to the terms.

Fury is the overwhelming 1/7 favourite to hold on to his belt, with Whyte rated a 9/2 shot. The Gypsy King is 8/11 to win via stoppage and 2/1 for a decision victory.

The Bodysnatcher's best avenue of success is likely to come from a knockout and the 33-year-old banger is 6/1 to triumph by that method.

The fight is 4/9 to end before the final bell and it's 13/8 that fight fans get to see a full 12 rounds.

Where and when will the fight take place?

The fight will take place on the 23rd April, at Wembley Stadium. Ringwalks for the main event are expected circa 10:00pm.

Where can you watch Fury v Whyte?

Frank Warren won the rights to promote the fight with a record-breaking purse bid of £31million. The contest will be shown live on BT Sport Box Office in the UK and ESPN in the US.

What is on the line?

Of course, Fury's WBC world title is up for grabs, but there is more than just that reward for the winner. The Gypsy King is the star of the big-hitting division, but he holds only one of the four major belts.

The other three are tied up in the Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk rematch. However, AJ and Usyk are set to get it on in mid-May and that could lead to a huge unification showdown at some point this year.

Clearly, there are lots of ifs and buts before we get to a potentially undisputed heavyweight champion, but it certainly seems something that Fury will be pushing for if he can get past the Bodysnatcher.

What are the records of the fighters?

It often gets forgotten that Fury is an unbeaten boxer. Perhaps that fact is overlooked because the Morecambe man is such an entertaining character in and out of the ring.

The 33-year-old was involved in a memorable trilogy of fights against Deontay Wilder and Fury twice stopped the Alabama slammer.

He also has a win over Wladimir Klitschko, a pair of victories against British rival Dereck Chisora and his overall record is 31 wins, zero defeats and one draw.

We may not even have seen the best of Fury, as the Gypsy King seems to be able to up his performance level and alter his approach, as the quality of the opposition increases.

Whyte has two defeats on his 30-fight card, but they can both be excused. The Brixton banger lost to Joshua in 2015, but the Bodysnatcher was still learning his trade back then and he lacked the experience of such a big occasion.

The second reversal came at the hands of Alexander Povetkin in 2020. That was caused by a huge uppercut from the Russian, but Whyte quickly put that defeat to bed when stopping Povetkin in the following rematch.

The Brixton banger has wins over Chisora, Oscar Rivas and Joseph Parker and he deserves his shot at Fury's world title.

Fury v Whyte prediction

It's always tricky to know how Fury will approach a bout and we saw in the Wilder trilogy that his tactics can vary substantially from fight-to-fight.

What we do know is that Whyte's defences can sometimes be lacking and the Gypsy King has the skills to make the Bodysnatcher pay.

Whyte was caught by Povetkin and Chisora found the Brixton man an easy target to hit when they clashed for the second time in 2018. Fury is a huge heavyweight and he has the size and skill to overwhelm any boxer in the division.

It seems likely that the Gypsy King will hold on to his world title and will win this blockbuster all-British showdown by stoppage.

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