Dillian Whyte makes rematch promise to Tyson Fury before heavyweight fight
Dillian Whyte will take on Tyson Fury at Wembley on Saturday in a WBC heavyweight title fight. The Body Snatcher isn’t contractually obligated to offer a rematch if he wins but has given a verbal promise
Dillian Whyte has promised Tyson Fury a rematch if he dethrones him at Wembley to become the new WBC heavyweight king.
Whyte is not contractually obligated to give Fury a rematch because he is the mandatory challenger, but says he would love another tear-up with him. “There’s no rematch clause when you’re the mandatory challenger, but if I win on Saturday and it’s a good fight, I’ll fight him again,” said the Body Snatcher.
“I’m not someone to run away from fights, I want to fight the best fights. I don’t care what people think or care about me, I just want the best fights and give the fans the best. That’s what I want to do. I don’t want to fight someone nobody cares about and then go ‘I made this number of defences of the title’. I want to fight the best guys.
“I want to fight the best. People say Tyson Fury is the best fighter of all time. Most guys believe that. So why would I not want to fight the best fighter of all time again? For me, that’s amazing. Imagine that. I’m easy if I beat the best of all time.”
Whyte, 34, came from poverty in Jamaica to Brixton as a kid and says becoming Britain’s latest world heavyweight champion would not change him. “I’ll still be the same,” he said. “If I’ve got £100million in the bank or £100, I’ll still be the same, world champion or not world champion, I’ll still be the same guy.”
Meanwhile, Fury claims he will not repeat Wladimir Klitschko’s mistake by carrying on too long. Fury claims his WBC heavyweight title defence against Dillian Whyte tomorrow at Wembley could be his last fight, although his camp feel he will carry on.
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What is certain is the Gypsy King is writing the final chapter of his remarkable career and he says he does not intend hanging around to face the next generation of contenders. Fury, 33, claims this was the error Klitschko made in November 2015 when he felt he could beat him at 39.
“Every dog has his day whether you’re the greatest or not, age catches up very quickly so you’ve got to move over for the younger guys,” he said. “Klitschko all those years ago, I said to him ‘you were a good champion in your day, a good man, but Father Time has caught up with you. You’ve got to move over for the younger guys coming through, give us a chance’.
“I’m the same now and I’m not far off the same age Wladimir was when I beat him. There are some guys, Bob Arum’s top American guy, Jared Anderson, coming through. Guys like Filip Hrgovic, Tony Yoka, Joe Joyce. The mistake Wladimir made was he wanted to take on the next era of champions and it didn’t work out for him.
“I’m not in this for a long time, I’m in it for a good time. I’ve got a couple of fights left and then that’s me done. I’m getting too old for this, I’m too long in the tooth for this – I’m 34 this year. I’ve had everything to deal with, weight loss, up and down, alcohol problems, drug problems. I’m probably round about 60 when it comes to boxing years. I’m still batting on, taking care of things, I’m going to take care of a few fights and then we’ll see.”