Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte will meet each other in a huge heavyweight clash for the WBC world title tonight.
Fury will look to make a second defence of his title in front of a capacity 94,000 crowd at Wembley Stadium. The ‘Body Snatcher’ will end his long wait for a title shot of over 1,000 days and look to follow up his revenge victory over Alexander Povetkin.
Both men remained largely silent throughout the build-up but came face-to-face in an amicable and respectful meeting ahead of the clash despite fireworks being expected inside the ring.
The winner could set up a clash with the eventual winner of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk which is expected to take place later this year.
And here’s what some of the best fighters had to say about this weekend’s fight…
Mairis Briedis: Fury win
“If Tyson Fury performs his best I don’t see how Whyte can beat him because Whyte is very strong but he leaves too much space. Tyson Fury can be flexible and fast and if he uses his weight he will never beat Fury because it is like when you put a fish in water when Fury fights.”
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Dana White: Fury win
“I’ve heard a lot about Dillian Whyte, but I don’t know enough about him. I don’t want to disrespect him one way or another just because I don’t know enough, but I just don’t know if I see anybody beating Tyson Fury right now.”
Anthony Joshua: Whyte win
“Because it’s his first time fighting for a title, I think he’ll be hungry. This ain’t his 10th time fighting for a title and he can have a little hiccup along the way – this is his first time fighting for a title.
“I’m rooting for Dillian, even though I hate him and I wanna smash him one of these days. Go on Dillian, I’m with you all the way.”
Derek Chisora: Whyte win
“I’m willing to put my house on it: I’m willing to put my house on Dillian Whyte knocking Tyson Fury out.
“Look at your faces in the studio! Tyson is my mate and I know he’s listening – Tyson, you’re going to get knocked out. That’s the only way he [Whyte] can win the fight.”
Daniel Dubois: Fury win
“Surely Dillian’s got a puncher’s chance. Definitely, he’s got a chance. He’s worked his way up to the position to challenge,” he told the Lowdown.
“I think Fury wins, though. I feel he soaks up punishment and carries on, doesn’t he?”
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Chris Eubank Jr: Fury win
“Now he gets the shot and he has put the work in. But Fury is on a run right now he is in his prime and he is doing his thing. That is the exciting thing at heavyweight that one punch can change anything, and Fury can get put on his ass.
“If he catches him it could be lights out and Whyte is a wild puncher. It is a good fight but it is a hard fight for Dillian but he is one of the guys who is always trying. It is hard to see him beating someone like Fury.”
Israel Adesanya: Fury win
“I like Tyson. I just don’t think anyone is beating him anytime soon. That guy is just a special kind of human being from what I’ve seen over the year from him, his story is phenomenal.
“He’s a different kind of beast, man. No one is beating him for a long time.”
David Haye: Whyte win
“If I had a pound, I’d put it on Dillian Whyte for the upset. Yeah, I’m going with Dillian with the massive, massive upset.
“We had an upset with Anthony Joshua (against Oleksandr Usyk ). It happens, crazy stuff happens. And in the heavyweight division, when you think you have things figured out, something crazy happens. And someone crazy is Dillian Whyte, and the fact that he’s not interested in doing any promotion, all he wants to do is get in the ring and fight, I think that’s a positive.”