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Fury vs Whyte: Four reasons you can’t miss the heavyweight event of the year on BT Sport Box Office
Tyson Fury takes on Dillian Whyte in what is shaping up to be a historic night at Wembley Arena on April 23 – and here’s why you cannot afford to miss it on BT Sport Box Office.
With a record crowd of 94,000 fans expected at the national stadium, it’s set to be another famous night that will be etched into British sporting history as the Gypsy King looks to make it 33 unbeaten and extend his perfect ledger at Whyte’s expense.
But if you missed out on the hottest ticket in boxing, fear not! BT Sport Box Office is the place to be for exclusive coverage of the biggest heavyweight event this year.
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And if you need any more convincing to get involved, read on for our four reasons Fury vs Whyte will be worth every penny of the pay-per-view.
The King is back
When Fury strides through the bowels of Wembley and out onto the pitch of the nation’s most iconic stadium, it will mark his first appearance inside the squared circle on English soil since June 2018.
That night it was Sefer Seferi awaiting his challenge at the Manchester Arena in what was Fury’s first fight since battling back from the brink of suicide, overcoming addiction and obesity to begin a journey that would amaze even the most optimistic of Fury fans.
Even after outpointing Francesco Pianeta over 10 rounds in his next fight, the prospect of Fury returning to world level looked a long way off.
But The Gyspy King dived straight back into the deep end as he took on Deontay Wilder in the US just four months later in December 2018.
He was denied a fairytale win by some questionable scoring at the Staples Center that night – but his Christ-like resurrection in the 12th round after being slugged by a crippling Wilder haymaker transformed Fury into a global superstar almost overnight.
From there, he made the US home over the next few fights, beating game challengers Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin before completing one of the most thrilling heavyweight rivalries of all time with former foe Wilder.
In February 2020, Fury finally snatched the famous green-and-gold belt from Wilder’s custody with a punch-perfect seventh-round knockout.
And in their third and final meeting last October, Fury once again showed championship heart to climb off the canvas twice before stopping a brave Bronze Bomber in the 11th round.
Now a genuine superstar Stateside, Fury returns home as the consensus heavyweight supremo, looking to write another chapter in one of the sport’s greatest careers in front of a record-breaking crowd in the English capital.
A British battle on St George’s Day
There are big fights. There are big heavyweight fights. But nothing quite compares to a big, British heavyweight fight.
Add in a sense of occasion on St George’s Day: what more could you really want?
We’ve been spoiled in recent times with some cracking domestic dust-ups between the big boys of British boxing including Joe Joyce vs Daniel Dubois and Whyte vs Dereck Chisora.
Prior to that, a young Whyte’s clash with fellow rising heavyweight star Anthony Joshua provided a compelling rivalry to enjoy as they traded leather back in 2015.
But you have to go all the way back to Lennox Lewis vs Frank Bruno in 1993 to find a British heavyweight showdown that even remotely comes close to what lies on store on April 23.
On that night, Lewis defended the WBC crown that Fury would one day inherit against the dangerous perennial contender Bruno at Cardiff Arms Park in Wales.
Will history repeat itself once again this month as the champion seeks to triumph in another memorable Battle of Britain?
No love lost
Years of verbal warfare will come to a violent conclusion when Fury and Whyte finally settle their differences.
It has always felt inevitable the two would meet in the ring given the hostilities frequently exchanged over social media in recent years.
In June 2020, Whyte promised to “retire” Fury should they ever meet in the ring after labelling The Gypsy King “Fake Tyson” and claiming he had lied about previous sparring sessions between the two men.
Fury is a very two-sided guy
- Dillian Whyte
In response, Fury called Whyte a “mug”, suggesting the 34-year-old’s most notable achievement was being knocked out by Anthony Joshua.
Speaking about the breakdown of his relationship with Fury during an appearance on the Ak and Barak show last year, Whyte said: “He started saying stuff about me so I said: 'Come on, you know what happened in the gym. You know what went down.'
"I never went out and said anything he did. But Fury is a very two-sided guy. Like sometimes he says something, and you think the dude's cool and I ain’t got a beef with him, then the next minute he starts talking a load of rubbish.
“You’re like, 'Are we cool, are we beefing or are you talking sense. What’s going on?'"
The build-up to this showdown has also been spiced up by Whyte’s displeasure with some of the finer details involved in the fight, culminating in his refusal to participate in last month’s press conference at Wembley.
However, Whyte’s decision to stay silent ahead of the contest is likely to be tested in the extreme ahead of fight week where Fury is renowned for causing mayhem to get under the skin of his opponent.
With a further press conference and the weigh-ins to come, expect fireworks before a punch is even thrown on April 23!
The last goodbye?
While many fight fans rolled their eyes last month when Fury suggested he may retire after his next fight, nobody truly knows what lies in store for the Gypsy King after April 23 – including himself!
Fury, who is one of the most unpredictable boxers both in and outside the ring, told BT Sport last month: “This is my final fight, done.
“I’ve done everything I need to do now. I’ve made more money than I can spend in a million lifetimes. Capping it off at the national stadium, 100,000 people and another British opponent - that’ll be me.
“You might see me in a wrestling ring, or in a crossover fight with [UFC heavyweight champion] Francis Ngannou, but this is me with competitive boxing. I’ve been in this game for 14 years, I’ve been punched to pieces. I’ve had it hard.”
Whether this really is the last time we see Fury in a competitive boxing match, who knows?
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