Dillian Whyte has signed the contract for his upcoming world heavyweight title challenge vs Tyson Fury per widespread media reports in both the UK and United States.
‘The Body Snatcher’ left it to the last possible moment to put pen to paper ahead of the deadline for contracts to be signed – that was midnight Central Standard Time on Monday.
But now the Brixton man can now look forward to the opportunity he has craved for so long, against the unbeaten ‘Gypsy King’.
Whyte will challenge for Fury’s WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles, with April 23 reportedly pencilled in for a stadium in the UK. London and Cardiff appear to be leading the chase to stage the bout.
Long wait over for Dillian
Twice now Whyte has been the WBC mandatory challenger for the hallowed green belt. The first time he fell at the final hurdle, being knocked out by Alexander Povetkin at Matchroom Fight Camp in August 2020. He defeated Povetkin in a rematch to regain the mandatory spot in March 2021.
Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions won the purse bid last month to stage Fury vs Whyte – tabling a record offer of more than $41million. The terms allow for Fury to receive a guaranteed $29million with Whyte in line for more than $7million. The remaining money will go to the winner of the fight.
Fury favourite to defeat Whyte
Not surprisingly Fury (31-0-1), who retained his belts after an epic slugfest vs Deontay Wilder last October, is favourite to stay champion after his meeting with Whyte (28-2).
UK outlets have Fury a 1/6 favourite with Whyte trading at 5/1. US sportsbooks meanwhile have Tyson at -600 while Whyte is slightly shorter than in the UK at +430.
Fury vs Whyte is set to be a BT Sport Box Office pay-per-view in the UK while it will air on ESPN in the United States.
A press conference to officially announce the bout is expected to take place in London on Wednesday (February 23).