By Frank Warren
ONE OF THE biggest fights in the history of British boxing will take place at the towering Wembley Stadium on Saturday night when the No.1 heavyweight in the world performs in front of 94,000 people.
There won’t be a Big Top in sight, but ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ it might just be when Tyson Fury collides with Dillian Whyte in an all-English battle on St George’s Day.
Two giant men with gigantic personalities will stride out into the North London night to fight for the right to call himself WBC Heavyweight champion of the world, Ring Magazine champion and the status of being Lineal champion.
Everything will be on the line and it is a fight that has captured the imagination of the boxing world and beyond. We could have sold out three Wembley Stadiums for this one, such was the demand for tickets.
There can be no doubting that Tyson is one of, if not the, biggest sporting personality in the world. His story will be made into a movie one day and hopefully there are a few thrilling scenes to be added yet.
Happily, Dillian is now on board with the fight week festivities and it will be fascinating to see the pair together at Wednesday’s press conference. Tyson has a knack of getting into his opponent’s heads during such events, but Dillian insists there is no danger of this happening to him. ‘Too much disturbance going on in there,’ he explained.
As you would expect, there will be plenty of trimmings to garnish this gala boxing banquet and the catchphrase ‘It’s Showtime’ will give you a clue as to who is flying in to welcome the heavyweight titans into the ring.
Also, with it being St George’s Day, don’t rule out some patriotic fervour coming into play on the ring walks as we set the scene for what will be a never to be forgotten night underneath the giant arch.
What about the fight itself? Well, obviously I am firmly in Tyson’s corner, but I readily admit that Dillian is a live and very dangerous opponent.
Tyson has been keeping his cards very close to his chest during his preparations up in Morecambe and has given up no clues as to how he will approach the threat Dillian brings to the ring.
In his last two fights, both against Deontay Wilder, he has gone on the attack and been the aggressor. He told us in advance what he was going to do before Fury-Wilder II and many didn’t believe him.
The school of thought was that Tyson would stick to his tried and tested slipping and sliding that has served him so well over the years. Being a slick mover is still in his arsenal but Tyson now seems to thrive in being on the front foot and setting the tempo.
Perhaps Tyson will offer up a sneak preview of his intentions on Wednesday.
As for Dillian, he will bring the heat and make a fight of it, no doubt about that. He might play it a little bit patient early on, but the big shots will never be far away and Tyson will have to be on his guard.
What we do know is that we have got a spectacular occasion in front of us where a record-breaking sporting crowd will gather at what used to be known as ‘The Venue of Legends’.
It is the perfect platform for Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte to battle for supremacy and write themselves into history.