Dillian Whyte a no-show for open workout

Dillian Whyte skipped Tuesday’s open workout in London ahead of that huge showdown with Tyson Fury on Saturday night.

Whyte gets his long-awaited chance to bid for a world heavyweight title in front of 94,000 at Wembley Stadium when ‘The Gypsy King’ puts his WBC, Ring magazine and lineal titles on the line.

‘The Body Snatcher’ (28-2) failed to show up for the opening press conference to announce the bout, but with all issues between the two camps apparently sorted he has been doing media calls and interviews in recent days.

Whyte though was a no-show for Tuesday’s open workout, which means he and Fury will likely come face to face for the first time in the build-up at Wednesday’s final press conference. Then we have the weigh-in on Friday ahead of that all-British blockbuster on Saturday.

Adam Smith on Whyte no-show

Sky Sports boxing chief Adam Smith felt Whyte’s no-show was no great surprise – saying the Brixton man normally jets in from his Portugal training camp on the Tuesday before the bout. He expects Dillian to be on hand for Wednesday’s presser.

With all 94,000 tickets sold for Saturday night the live gate is expected to be a new record, while the bout will be a PPV affair on both sides of the Atlantic. BT Sport Box Office (£24.95) has the rights in the UK with ESPN ($69.99) showing it in the United States.

The road to undisputed?

We are of course also back where we were last autumn in terms of the potential for a huge bout to decide the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis back in 1999. The winner of Fury vs Whyte could meet the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2 later this year with all the baubles on the line.

Nothing excites or disappoints like big-time boxing, so once again we live in hope. Get the popcorn ready.