Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte hugged and exchanged hats as reunited friends, but the British rivals declared their desire for a brutal world title fight at Wembley.
Fury’s WBC belt and unbeaten record hang in the balance when he shares the ring with Whyte in front of an estimated crowd of 94,000 – a post-war British record – at the National Stadium.
Whyte’s combustible temper hasn’t flared up over fight week, while Fury has resisted the temptation to taunt his latest opponent, but smiles and handshakes will be replaced by glares and waving fists .
“I’m very cool and very relaxed,” Whyte said. sky sports. “Probably more relaxed and relaxed than I’ve been for previous fights. But it’s been fine.
“I’m calm, but the good thing about me is that I don’t have to be aggy and frustrated, because I need a split second to get naughty when I need to, so I don’t need to be like, “I’m going to kick his ass!”
“A split second, if someone walks in here now and it rings, it rings. I’m ready to go.”
Whyte’s eagerness is understandable, given how long he’s waited for an elusive world title, despite a devastating winning streak.
Since a stoppage loss to Anthony Joshua in 2015, Whyte has spent the past six and a half years working his way into that position – leaving a trail of other contenders in his wake, including twice-time Derek Chisora, Joseph Parker and most recently defeating Alexander Povetkin. in their rematch after losing the initial fight.
“I’m ready to go,” Whyte said. “We’ve taken a lot of time, a lot of patience, a lot of dedication to get to this point and we’re ready to go. Tomorrow we’re ready to go to war.
“It’s respect. With Tyson, I take it as it comes. I don’t think we’re friends or anything cool because he might come out tomorrow and be in a different mindset.
“Today I’m in one state of mind, tomorrow I’m in another state of mind.”
At Friday’s weigh-in, Fury was less than a stone heavier than Whyte and more than 12 pounds lighter than the career-high 277 pounds he weighed the day before before knocking out Deontay Wilder in the 11th round. of his last title defense in October.
Fury showed his fighting spirit again, as well as his power and precision when he twice came out of the canvas to stop Wilder, and is fully aware of the threat posed by Whyte.
“He’s as dangerous as any heavyweight,” Fury told Sky Sports earlier in the week. “He comes in hungry, he wants to win this fight.
“It’s his big shot on the occasion of being world champion.”
As the music blared at the weigh-in, Fury and Whyte even danced alongside each other, but they’ll provide a more explosive combination when the first bell rings.
“Respect to Dillian Whyte and his team, real professional men, and we’re going to give you a real fight,” Fury said.
“Don’t doubt us, we’re going to put on a show like no other before. It’s going to be a war, don’t worry about it.”
Lennox Lewis expects ‘a great fight’
Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis stopped short of giving a prediction for Saturday night, saying only that he expects a “big fight” between the two.
Lewis said sky sports: “They are ready. All the talks and everything is over. They just want to get in the ring and Tyson is feeling good, you can see that. Dillian is feeling good, they are both dancing, so we are ready for a good fight.
“It’s like two warriors. Eat and sleep together, but they fight to hurt each other.
“The prediction is that it’s going to be a great fight. There’s going to be a lot of people in the stands and it’s going to be electrifying.”
Mikaela Mayer: Fury will entertain us
Mikaela Mayer, WBO and IBF super featherweight champion, said before the fight: “The weigh-in, the nerves kind of go away for me.
“The body is exhausted, I’ve been dehydrated to gain weight, so I’m a bit grumpy and ready to get it over with, so I don’t really have a lot of nerves for the weigh-ins.
“It’s a little different here. Tyson has so many people here and he’s probably not grumpy. He’s going to do what he does best and keep us entertained.”
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