Dillian Whyte: ‘If you put pressure on me, I’ll fight back tenfold’ | Donald McRae


Challenger for Tyson Fury’s WBC crown has waited a long time for his opportunity and has the self-belief to cause an upset

“You know what,” Dillian Whyte says with a little smile on a tranquil Saturday afternoon in Portugal, “if you’re going to swim in shark-infested waters, you need to prepare yourself mentally and physically.” We are a week away from the world heavyweight championship fight on 23 April, when Whyte will try to rip Tyson Fury’s titles away from him at Wembley Stadium. Fury is a 6ft 9in (2m 5cm) giant who weighs 20 stone (127kg) and has considerable skill, power and resilience. His first professional bout was in 2008 and he remains undefeated after 32 fights. Fury is also a force of nature and a great world champion.

Yet Whyte suggests Fury is not the only shark circling him in the controversial buildup to this fight. The 34-year-old Jamaican-born Londoner shrugs as he details the murky battles he claims he and his team have faced while negotiating the contest. Whyte says they are still squabbling and scrapping over numerous contractual issues and he has yet to sign off the final agreements.

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Written by Donald McRae
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