Fury against Whyte 'likely to be staged in Cardiff in March'

Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren reveals world title defence against British rival Dillian Whyte is likely to be staged in Cardiff in March

  • The WBC ordered Tyson Fury to fight his mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte  
  • Frank Warren says fight of that size can only be held in a stadium with a roof 
  • It will be Fury ‘s homecoming to the UK after a long campaign in America 

Promoter Frank Warren has confirmed that Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title defence against Dillian Whyte is likely to be staged in Cardiff in March.

The WBC have now officially ordered the Gypsy King to defend his title against mandatory challenger Whyte and Warren pointed out a fight of that size can only be held in a stadium with a roof.

‘We all know what he said he wants to do,’ Warren told talkSPORT. ‘It won’t be in February, if it is on and hopefully we can get it on, it will be some time in mid-March onwards.’ 

Tyson Fury’s world title defence against Dillian Whyte is likely to be staged in Cardiff

Tyson Fury                         Dillian Whyte

Age: 33                                Age: 33

Height: 6ft 9in                  Height: 6ft 4in 

Reach: 85in                        Reach: 78in 

Record: 31-0-1                   Record 28-2

KOs: 22                                  KOs: 19

‘But to put it into any stadium that doesn’t have a roof, and unfortunately none of them have roofs other than Cardiff, that’s where we are.

‘We won’t exactly be out in out shorts will we in March? And the football season is on so that would be a problem with nearly all the grounds.

‘Cardiff would look to the be the favourite.’   

Warren and Arum, who promotes Fury in the United States, feel they cannot wait any longer for Anthony Joshua to agree a megabucks deal to step aside from his rematch with Olexsandr Usyk and let the man who took his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts fight the Gypsy King for the undisputed world title. 

While Fury, 33, was more keen to have his next fight be for every belt in a bid to become undisputed heavyweight of the world, a UK fight with Whyte is appealing.

Frank Warren (right) and Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum (left) are already in talks 

‘Well unless Dillian Whyte and AJ step aside, that’s where we are,’ Warren explained.

‘So we just have to deal with where we are at. If they were to both step aside, then that’s great. But who is going to fight and the first in?

‘So it’s a bit messy and I think we are getting to a stage now where, I don’t know, maybe we just get on with out contractual commitments or our obligations.

‘Get them out the way and then leave us in a position where the winners can fight each other. I believe that if the fight happens with Dillian, I believe that Tyson will be the victor.

 Fury’s camp know they cannot wait around for the chance to go for the undisputed title

‘I hope that I am wrong, I believe Usyk will beat Joshua, but I hope Joshua wins because it then sets up the fight that we would all like to see.

‘Although, right at this moment, the fight I want to see is Usyk in with Tyson.’

Earlier this month the WBC officially ordered Fury, their current heavyweight champion, to defend his strap against mandatory challenger Whyte following the conclusion of his legal battle with the sanctioning body.

Arum, who promotes Fury in the United States, revealed that the two teams are already in talks.

 Whyte has had to bide his time but finally looks set to get a shot at winning a world title belt

‘[Fury’s UK-based promoter] Frank Warren talked [on Wednesday] to Tyson who wants to get in the ring in February or March,’ Arum told Sky Sports.

‘We are talking to Whyte now to come to an arrangement to put the fight on in the UK.  It will be a splendid fight and we are working hard to put it together.’

It will be Fury ‘s homecoming to the UK after a long campaign in America which included his epic trilogy battle with Deontay Wilder. 

Whyte has had to be patient to wait for his first shot at a world championship belt but will get it against Fury provided talks progress and a deal is struck. 

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