In the land where modern boxing was born from the formulation of the Queensbury Rules in 1867, a fight will be fought Excellence in the Mortar Queen category On Saturday he will draw an audience that has never gathered around a UK circuit: Tyson Fury will unveil his WBC scepter before Dillian White At Wembley, which will be packed with 94,000 people. The evening can be watched on ESPN 2 from 3:00 p.m.
Anticipation is high for this fight which left its organization in the hands of promoter Frank Warren after winning the auction A record bid of 30 million pounds ($41 million).. On March 2, 89,000 tickets were sold, which sold out in just 90 minutes. Then the capacity of the stadium was expanded to 94 thousand seats. And the interest is not limited to the UK: in the US, billboards can be seen in cinemas of various chains, as was the case with the great fights of the seventies.
All this despite the fact that Fury will not be starring on Saturday in the duel that the British public has been eagerly awaiting for five years, against fellow Englishman Anthony Joshua; Nor the confrontation that would consecrate the undisputed champion of the first class, against the Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyka King recognized by the World Boxing Federation, the International Boxing Federation and the World Boxing Organization (and the winner of Joshua last September).
The allure of the undefeated board champion justifies many expectations. Added to this is that this presentation will mark his return home after nearly four years of absence and after five fights in the US, including the three in which he starred with Deontay Wilder (he tied the first and won the other two amazingly definitions). As if that wasn’t enough, he gypsy king He had warned months ago that this would be his last role as a chartered boxer and endorsed it this week.
I will not change my decision. Both Joshua and Usic had a chance to confront me in the past. I will not wait for anyone. I am not for games. I’m happy with what I’ve done and this will be my last fight‘”, Fury confirmed in an interview with ESPN. He left the door open to move from the ring to the octagon before the final farewell.He did not rule out facing Cameroonian Francis NganoThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recognized Heavyweight Mixed Martial Arts Champion.
After Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko was dethroned in 2015, he remained inactive for two and a half years and Breaking out of an abyss that included problematic consumption and suicidal intentionsThe Manchester champions defeated every man in front of him until he raised his record to 31 wins (polluted only by a draw against Wilder who came twice later) and was always willing to accept any challenge.
The clash with Joshua, which has been talked about nauseous in these years, was agreed in August of last year in Saudi Arabia, but A legal lawsuit by Wilder Fury forced to confront him for the third time in October And leave this duel at we’ll see. to the top, AJ They gave up their crowns to Usyk in September, and now a rematch between the two was brewing (which is what the contract they signed before the first fight was contemplated being), so the unification between the Ukrainians and the Ukrainians gypsy king It also seems far away.
Tyson Fury and Dillian White, head to head and smiling at Wembley. (Photo: Andrew Canridge/Reuters)
Without much desire to keep waiting, Fury would give a shot to the man who had been patiently waiting for three years at #1 in the WBC rankings.. Born 34 years ago in Port Antonio, Jamaica, but living since the age of 12 with his mother in Brixton, South London, Whyte would face the most lucrative (he would earn £6m) and most in-demand commitment to a sporting career that would save my skin.
After a teenage period he became a father at the age of 13 and was stabbed three times and shot twice (“I am a survivor”recognized a few days ago), the villain He practiced kickboxing (became a British heavyweight champion) and mixed martial arts before switching to amateur boxing in 2009. He debuted as a professional in 2011 and has since had 28 wins (19 before the max) and two losses. He also had to be suspended for two years, between 2012 and 2014, because he tested positive in an anti-doping control (dimethylamine, a banned stimulant, was detected in his sample).
His two slips were against Joshua (who beat him as an amateur) in December 2015, four months ago AJ Winning his first world title, against Alexander Povetkin, who gave him a chilling knockout in August 2020 with the provisional WBC title on the line. In March of last year, in his last appearance, Whyte retaliated against the Russian veteran, defeating him in the fourth round, thus earning the right to challenge Fury, with whom he fought in 2013.
“This fight means everything to me. I remember where I come from and what I’ve been through. So when the bell rings, I’m going to do everything in my power to become a champion,” the challenger said on Wednesday during a remarkably friendly press conference, which only changed by a skirmish between my teams Action The fighters were responsible for appeasing them.
“Anger is unpredictable and I will be able to adapt to what it does. I am not afraid to take risks, it is not new to me.”
Also the hero He was kind and respectful to his opponentWith whom he exchanged insults and insults for years. “Dillian is a good fighter, he’s huge, strong, strong, brave and he’s knocked out a lot of guys. He definitely deserves a lot of respect and that’s what I gave him. I’ve trained for a great fight, so the best Tyson Fury will fight.”
only the gypsy king He knows for sure if Saturday is his farewell. If it did, the farewell would be accompanied by a crowd like never before in a country accustomed to large gatherings, though nowhere near the 135,132 people who gathered at Juneau Park in Milwaukee on August 16, 1941, to watch the fight between them. Tony Zall and Billy Pryor nor for the crowds gathered by Julio Cesar Chavez and Greg Haugen in 1993 at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City (132247) or Jack Dempsey and Jane Tony in 1926 at Philadelphia’s CisQuentenial Stadium (120557).
In the last decade, Anthony Joshua has been a huge magnet for the British public. The former champion appeared several times on the football field and attracted fans in his duels against Wladimir Klitschko (90,000) and Alexander Povetkin (80,000) at Wembley, against Joseph Parker (75,000) at Cardiff Millennium and against Oleksandr Usyk (66,000) at Tottenham. . Also at Wembley, 80,000 people watched Karl Frosch’s 2014 rematch with George Groves for the IBF and IBF middleweight titles. Now the Temple of the Ball will open its doors to Fury and Whyte.