Wembley is the firm favourite to host Tyson Fury’s April 23 showdown against Dillian Whyte with negotiations to be finalised after challenger signs £8m contract
- Dillian Whyte must sign £8million contract to fight Tyson Fury by Monday
- Heavyweight showdown is now likely to take place at Wembley on April 23
- Olympic Stadium and Principality Stadium have also been in contention
Wembley Stadium is now the firm favourite to stage Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight championship home-coming on April 23.
Presuming, of course, that Dillian Whyte signs his £8 million contract to challenge the Gypsy King for the WBC title before Monday’s deadline expires.
The London Olympic and Cardiff Principality Stadiums have been in contention to host the fight but negotiations with Wembley are expected to be finalised as soon as Whyte puts pen to dotted line.
Dillian Whyte’s clash with Tyson Fury is likely to be held on home turf at Wembley
The national stadium is now the firm favourite to host the heavyweight clash
This will be Fury’s first fight in the UK in four years, during which his campaign in America included his epic trilogy with Deontay Wilder.
Whyte has been demanding a first world title shot for more than a thousand days, spent mostly as the leading WBC heavyweight contender.
That organisation mandated him to fight Fury, whose promoters Frank Warren and Bob Arum won the rights with a world record $400 million purse bid.
But Whyte has been prevaricating.
Fury is set to face Whyte as long as the ‘Bodysnatcher’ signs the £8million contract
At one point he and Anthony Joshua seemed ready to accept huge offers to step aside from their respective fights against Fury and Olexsandr Usyk so those two could fight for the undisputed heavyweight title.
Then Joshua pressed for a £5m increase on a seemingly agreed £15m to release Usyk from his rematch contract and the deal fell through.
Since then Whyte has been stalling in hope of improving his end of the Fury bargain from the WBC stipulated 80-20 per cent to 70-30 in Tyson’s favour.
Fury is accusing Whyte of ‘cowardice’ for even contemplating pulling out.
Warren and Arum are believed to be ready with a replacement if Whyte fails to sign on time, which is surely unlikely given how long he has been calling for the biggest fight of his life.