Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte will take each other on in an all British affair April 23rd at Wembley Stadium. A press conference was held after tickets for the fight sold out in mear hours. But only one fighter decided to show up for the presser.
In his continued attempts to stir up mind games after not being seen embroiled in a war of words with Fury, Dillian Whyte did not attend the press conference, much to the dismay of the fight promoter Frank Warren.
On William Hill’s ‘The Final Round’, boxing reporter Gareth A. Davies revealed what Warren thought of Whyte’s absence.
“Frank Warren was very unhappy with Dillian Whyte not coming, calling him a ‘disgrace’ a ‘non-professional’ for not being there,” stated Davies.
“But Dillian Whyte’s got his own reasons for not being there.”
“It’s very very very unusual to see a fighter promoting a blockbuster of this magnitude on his own but Tyson Fury’s ready.
“Fury said today he may retire after this fight with Dillian Whyte… I don’t think he will, but he certainly put it out there. He believes he will ‘chop down’ Dillian Whyte on the night, he is not underestimating the ‘Body Snatcher’, but we are set for a blockbuster at Wembley.”
Across the weekend the UK played host to two world title fights. The one that stirred the most uproar was the fight between undisputed super lightweight world champion Josh Taylor and contender Jack Catterall.
The hugely controversial decision by the judges to award Taylor the victory was met with outrage from boxing fans, trainers and promoters alike.
Davies lent his thoughts on the result and the outcry from the boxing world.
Davies commented: “I really do think Catterall was a worthy winner. He put Taylor down and outboxed him early. It was a close affair but the judges got it horribly wrong. Really really poor judging decision
“The biggest problem is he (Catterall) cant appeal and get the decision overturned, all it was was the judges giving their subjective opinion. The BBBofC are looking into it but I don’t think anything will happen. It was a black mark on boxing because of the result.”
Lastly, Davies and host David Alorka touched on Lawrence Okolie’s successful defence of his WBO Cruiserweight world title against Michal Cieslak.