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Fury weighs in heavier than contender Whyte ahead of title clash



WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury weighed in 11lbs heavier than challenger Dillian Whyte ahead of their title bout at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Fury, 33, tipped the scales at 264lbs on Friday, 13lbs lighter than he was for his trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder in October, while Whyte was at 253 lbs.

“I’m so happy to be back here fighting at Wembley Stadium and you people made it happen — you all made it happen,” said Fury, who has an unbeaten record of 31 wins and a draw, with 22 knockouts.

“Big shout out and respect to Dillian Whyte and his team, they’re proper professional men and we’re going to give you a real fight. Don’t doubt us, we’re going to give you a real fight, a real war.”

The two Britons exchanged pleasantries and hats during the stare-down, bringing a calming influence to the fight that has often threatened to get ugly between their entourages. read more

The Jamaican-born Whyte (28-2) last fought in March 2021 against Alexander Povetkin, stopping the Russian in four rounds to avenge a previous loss from August 2020.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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